|Name||Michael E. Hastings|
|Address||9341 Kimmel Court |
Tinley Park, Illinois 60487, United States
Mar 04, 2021 02:51pm
|Info||Capt. Michael E. Hastings |
Michael E. Hastings was born and raised in the southwest suburbs in Orland Township, one of six children of Mary and Kyle Hastings. The Hastings’ have instilled in all their children a strong work ethic and an obligation to give back to the community. The children were urged to aim high with the understanding that hard work would be its own reward.
Mike Hastings took those lessons to heart, excelling in academics and athletics as a youth while attending Victor J. Andrew High School in Tinley Park, IL. Mike was named an Illinois All-State Football Team member playing the position of Offensive Lineman. Mike was elected by his classmates to serve as the President of the Andrew High School student government. Committed to serving his community and his country, Mike worked hard to qualify for an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point, the training ground for the nation’s most effective military leaders and Mike’s heroes -- General Dwight Eisenhower, General George S. Patton, and General Norman Schwarzkopf.
At West Point, in addition to earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Leadership and Management, Mike was also an offensive lineman on their Division-I football team for four seasons, the highlight of which was the annual Army-Navy rivalry football game in Washington, DC. After assuming increasing levels of responsibility in the cadet chain-of-command positions at the academy, Mike Hastings graduated from West Point in 2003 and commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army.
Mike was at West Point when the United States was attacked by terrorist forces on September 11, 2001. Mike was eventually deployed in Iraq and completed over 300 missions in Iraq which spanned the Iranian and Syrian borders. Advancing his military skills and training throughout his career, Mike was eventually promoted to the rank of Captain and served as the Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General of the 1st Infantry Division (Forward), also commonly referred to as the “Big Red One.” For his exceptionally meritorious service in a combat zone, Mike received the Bronze Star.
Upon his Honorable Discharge in 2008, Mike was recruited by Johnson & Johnson for their BioSurgery Division in Chicago. Mike was able to transfer his leadership and management training to the private sector, leading the turn around of a faltering sales division and posting records achievements for the company in providing product and service solutions for hospitals, healthcare facilities and surgeons. Mike saved hospitals millions of dollars while lowering the cost of medical care and was officially recognized and rewarded by Johnson & Johnson’s as one of their top tier employees.
During this time Mike also began his public service career in Illinois, running for the volunteer position of a member of the Board of Trustees for High School District 230, which governs Orland Park’s Sandburg High school, Palos Township’s Stagg High school, and Mike’s alma mater, Tinley Park’s Andrew High School. Mike was elected by the voters of the three townships and has served as the Vice-President the board, voted upon by his fellow Trustees. Mike has also served as the Co-Chairman of the Finance Committee and Co-Chairman of the Education Committee. During his term in office, the $130 million budget of High School District 230 has been balanced and long term debt has been reduced by $14 million – while test scores for students have improved. Mike’s particular interest is promoting real life skills that high school graduates can utilize in the contemporary technological-global business world.
Mike has practiced what he preaches to high school students regarding the importance of advancing your education. In his spare time since returning from Iraq, Mike has earned a Masters Degree in Business Administration (M.B.A.) with honors from the University of Illinois. Mike is also currently working toward completion of his Juris Doctor degree from John Marshall Law School, with an emphasis in Education Law. Mike believes his background in education law, coupled with his experience in school administration at District 230, will give him a unique insight into education reform as a State Senator.