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Hastings looks to promote local businesses

The state senator wants to tour businesses in his district

Sen. Michael Hastings, D-Tinley Park, said a group of moderate suburban and downstate Democrats calling themselves the “X Caucus” played a role in getting Sen. Don Harmon, D-Oak Park, elected Senate president Sunday. He noted the caucus sought certain concessions in backing Harmon, including increased power at the committee chair level and better “flow of information.”

State Sen. Michael Hastings announced his effort to try to promote local businesses in his district.

Hastings, D-Frankfort, launched an application process for small business tours within the 19th Senate District, according to a news release.

“While we continue to make steady progress in our state’s recovery efforts, we must continue to provide support to our local business community,” Hastings said in the release. “It is my hope that through these tours we can highlight the businesses that make our communities so extraordinary and give business owners a welcome boost in traffic.”

Hastings added that he wants to tour restaurants, retail and other businesses that provide personal services, like barber shops and salons, in his district.

Hastings’ district includes parts of Joliet, New Lenox, Mokena, Frankfort, Tinley Park, Homer Glen and Lockport.

Applications for tours are open.

Interested businesses can call Hastings’ office at 815-464-5431 or email district19@senatorhastings.com.