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Illinois State SenateCandidate for District 19

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Michael E. Hastings

State Senator, 19th Legislative District; Attorney
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Education Funding – It's my mission to ensure all children receive the education they'll need to compete in a global workforce.
  • Economic Development - The best way to build our economy is to invest in people and support the working class.
  • Mental Health Services – I am committed to taking care of the most vulnerable citizens in our society.



Profession:State Senator, 19th Legislative District; Attorney
Senator, Illinois State Senate (2013–current)
State Senator, 19th Legislative District, Illinois State Senate — Elected position (2013–current)
Member, Board of Education, High School District 230 — Elected position (2009–2012)
Clinical Sales Representative, Johnson & Johnson (2008–2010)
Commissioned Officer, US Army (2003–2008)


The John Marshall Law School Juris Doctorate, Law (2013)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Masters , Business Administration (2011)
United States Military Academy Bachelor of Science, Leadership and Management (2003)


I am a uniquely qualified candidate for the Illinois Senate. As a West Point graduate and U.S. Army veteran, I have led soldiers during combat operations in Iraq. As a businessman, I led the turnaround of a multi-million-dollar division of a Fortune 500 company during the economic recession. As an attorney, I fight for families to ensure they get a fair deal in court everyday. I will take my experience as a veteran, businessman, attorney, husband, and father to fight for our community in Springfield. 

Political Beliefs

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19th District Issues and Solutions


The three biggest issues I see facing the 19th Legislative District and what I would do to solve them. 

Education Funding – Education is the most important thing we do as a community. I believe every child should be provided a first class education in a safe environment. Regardless of the tough economic times we face, investing in a child’s education will provide a greater return in the long run. That’s why I fought to increase education finding by over $275 million, including a $25 million investment in early childhood education. It’s my mission to ensure all children receive the education they’ll need to compete in a global workforce.

Economic Development – I believe the best way to build our economy is to invest in people and support the working class. Since elected, I have made job-creating infrastructure upgrades and business development a top priority. I spearheaded efforts to add an interchange at Interstate 294 and Interstate 57, creating jobs, reducing congestion and improving travel times; and passed a bill allowing for the construction of a South Suburban Airport and worked to redevelop vacant business and residential lots and eradicate burdensome food deserts.

Mental Health Services – Unfortunately, our state’s correctional facilities are the newest mental health institutions. A good portion of the mentally ill would not be in our prison system if they just had received the proper treatment. I have fought for funding to provide for additional treatment and services for those that are mentally ill. There is still much work to be done, and I am committed to taking care of these most vulnerable citizens in our society.

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Senator Michael E. Hastings speaks to the Sun-Times about his qulificaitons, first-term accomplishments, and why he is running for a second term for State Senator of the 19th Legislative District. 

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