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Hastings: Time for Illinois to walk away from Crosscheck

hastings crosscheck 111517CHICAGO – Illinois legislators grilled election officials today on the State Board of Elections’ decision to remain a part of a controversial voter registration system. The Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck, or Crosscheck for short, compares names of registered voters across states to see if anyone is registered twice.

However, critics argue the unsecure system is designed to suppress minority voters. Communities of color are more likely to have the same last names, which the program flags as a potential double voter. Additionally, the program does not check middle names or suffixes such as Junior or Senior.

The result is that voters with similar names can often be mistaken by the program as double-registered voters, which could have them potentially thrown off the voter rolls.

Security concerns have also been raised as Crosscheck does not use secure networks and passwords to access the database have been sent on unsecure emails.  

State Senator Michael E. Hastings (D-Tinley Park) says he’s worried the state is leaving the personal information of Illinois voters in danger by remaining in the program.

“Keeping sensitive voter information on an unsecured database is a hacker’s dream,” Hastings said. “The state of Illinois should walk away from the Crosscheck program and use more reliable systems that don’t expose the private information of Illinois residents.”

The state of Illinois is also a member of the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC) which is considered to be more reliable in determining the accuracy of voter registration.

Hastings calls on governor to sign legislation targeting sexual harassment

hastings 011017TINLEY PARK – Citing his zero tolerance for sexual harassment, one Illinois State Senator is calling on Governor Rauner to sign legislation passed by the General Assembly during the Fall Veto Session.

State Senator Michael E. Hastings (D-Tinley Park) says the tools needed to address the decades old problem are awaiting the governor’s signature.

“It is time for Springfield to start addressing this issue which has been festering under the statehouse dome for too long,” Hastings said. “I implore the governor to sign the legislation we sent him so our new Inspector General can get to work.”

Hastings champions new law to level playing field for small businesses

hastings 110817SPRINGFIELD – Figures reported by U.S. Public Interest Research Groups found the federal government lost over $150 billion in revenue in 2013 due to offshore corporate tax havens. 

State Senator Michael E. Hastings (D-Tinley Park) championed the override of the governor’s veto of House Bill 3419 to level the playing field among businesses that compete for state contracts and investments.

Michael E. Hastings announces new technology resources for area children

hastings 050117TINLEY PARK- Students in the 19th Senate District will soon see new technology updates at Matteson Area Public Library and Richton Park Library District.

State Senator Michael E. Hastings (D-Tinley Park) is excited to announce $30,950 in grants will be awarded to these two local libraries through the Secretary of State’s Project Next Generation program (PNG).

“Our children need to be ready to compete in a technological savvy world,” Hastings said. “This vital funding will go toward upgrading and enhancing educational opportunities for students across our district.”

PNG is an educational technology initiative of Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White that was established to help educate at-risk students and bridge the digital divide.

“Learning does not stop in the classroom,” Hastings said. “Our local libraries often serve as a reliable and safe environment for our students to complete their studies.”

Matteson Area Public Library will be awarded $18,450 and Richton Park Library District will receive $12,500.00.

The grant will help enhance technology training for local students by proving additional funding to pay start-up costs for after-school training programs and supplemental staff to educate and mentor children.

“We should all thank these wonderful institutions and their staff for their help educating the future leaders of our communities and great nation,” Hastings said.

Hastings urges area residents to take advantage of local libraries for a variety of services such as borrowing books and magazines, free educational workshops and accessibility to computers.

Sen. Michael E. Hastings

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19th Legislative District

Years served: 2012 - Present

Committee assignments: Appropriations I; Appropriations II; Financial Institutions; Insurance; Judiciary (Vice-Chairperson); State Government & Veterans Affairs; Committee of the Whole.

Biography: Born October 6th, 1980, in Orland Hills; B.S. in Leadership and Management, Civil Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, M.S., Business Administration, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign; former US Army Captain; Bronze Star recipient; former trustee and vice president for High School District 230.