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Hastings Trumps Hannon for State Senate Bid

Greg Hannon called Michael Hastings around 8:45 p.m. Tuesday to concede in the race for Illinois State Senate.

More than three-fourths of democratic voters who showed up at the ballot box Tuesday opted to send 19th State Senate district to November's general election. 

The 32-year-old Orland Hills resident  , 57, who's a 24-year  trustee. Hannon called Hastings from his election party around 8:45 p.m. to concede and offer his congratulations. Unofficial election results showed Hastings netting about 76 percent of the 13,583 votes that were cast. 

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"I just want to thank everybody from the bottom of my heart for all the hard work and the effort they put in," Hannon said at his election celebration in Tinley Park. "I'm humbled."

Both Hannon and Hastings longed to represent the district, which includes portions of , Orland Park, Oak Forest, Frankfort, Mokena and New Lenox. 

Hastings said it is "his sincere honor" to potentially do so.

After learning at Georgios Banquet Hall in Orland Hills that he'd secured the primary win, he quoted a U.S. Army general Norman Schwarzkopf, also known as "Stormin' Normin," who served in the Gulf War.

"He once said that if you leave here with the word 'duty' implanted in your mind, if you leave here with the word 'honor' carved in your soul, if you leave here with the love of country stamped on your heart, then you will be worthy of being a 21st century leader," Hastings said, becoming emotional. "I truly believe that and it's how I feel."

Hastings is a U.S. Army captain and Bronze Star recipient who led combat operations during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2006 and 2007. He's served as the vice president for  and as chairman of the .  

He complimented Hannon Tuesday and called him a "fierce competitor." 

"Voters had the opportunity to choose between two qualified candidates," he said. "The people of Illinois win here, either way."

 include restoring fiscal responsibility in Illinois, fostering a healthy business environment for job creation, reforming pension and education, and providing adequate veterans' rights, among others.

"We've got to turn this thing around," he said. "All area elected officials, whether you are a republican or democrat, must stand for Illinois ... and represent the people of the 19th district."

Hastings knows he has big shoes to fill but says he's confident he's up to the challenge. His seat was formerly occupied by , who  citing her desire to spend more time with family. 

Hannon , saying he viewed it as a "golden opportunity that doesn't come along often." He didn't deny his disappointment for losing the race while at his campaign party Tuesday night. 

He knocked on 14,000 doors in the district, he said, which is more than the number of voters who showed up at the polls.

"I wish the outcome was a little different, but I'm very content with being an elected official in Tinley Park," he said. "I look forward to returning to my seat on the board of trustees and doing good things for the Southland like I've been doing for the past 25 years."

Sgt. USMC March 21, 2012 at 05:25 AM
No, Hannon had almost as much experience as Hastings has had on this earth.
VMPK March 21, 2012 at 12:58 PM
No I don't. Plus he ran in the 19th district which he isn't a resident of and if he is how did he manage to vote in the 18th district?
mr.joe March 21, 2012 at 01:15 PM
right guy won--go the the web site www.tinleysparks.com.. you will see how hannon gave out raises of 15-20-25 thousand dollars to village employees. now he will use village tax dollars to buy tickets to the up coming wine fest. i think the feds will be checking this town out soon.
Thomas kane March 23, 2012 at 09:10 PM
You r a nut case joe gregg is one of the most honest men in politics
john Q Adams March 25, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Hastings also had the support of U.S. Reps. Bobby Rush and Jesse Jackson Jr., and Orland Township supervisor Paul O’Grady. You can fool some of the people all the time, and those are the ones you want to concentrate on.

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