Hastings Outpolled Hannon Across the Board

Michael Hastings outpolled Greg Hannon just about everywhere in Tuesday's Democratic primary, including Hannon's home base in Tinley Park, where he serves on the village Board of Trustees.

lost Tuesday’s state Senate primary to in part because his 24 years of service as a village trustee simply didn’t translate into big numbers on Election Day in the village or anywhere.

Hastings, 32, son of Orland Hills Mayor Kyle Hastings, in the 19th Senate District Democratic primary.

The district includes portions of , Orland Park, Orland Hills, Oak Forest, Frankfort, Mokena and New Lenox. They were running to replace state Sen. Maggie Crotty, a Democrat, who retired. There is no Republican candidate, as yet.

Hastings swamped Hannon across the board including the trustee’s home base of Tinley Park. Hannon won only a handful of precincts in Tinley Park – and with the exception of Precinct 63 – only outpolled Hastings by a few votes.

Hannon’s best showing was at Precinct 63 at the , where he garnered 55 votes to Hastings’ 28.

It was about the same in the Will County portion of the district. Hannon captured two of 47 precincts – none in Tinley Park – again by a couple of votes each. He outpolled Hastings 11-9 at Frankfort Precinct 23 and 3-1 at New Lenox Precinct 19. 

Low turnout didn’t help Hannon in his effort. He said he knocked on 14,000 doors in the district while campaigning since December, which is more than the number of voters who showed up at the polls.

More primary 2012 news can be found under our elections tab.

Hannon was quick to concede to Hastings, calling him less than two hours after the polls closed Tuesday.

"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."

"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."

Hastings was emotional after it became clear that he had won in a landslide and quoted U.S. Army Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf.

"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. "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 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."

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mr.joe March 23, 2012 at 01:35 PM
one of the reasons hannon lost is that the people are tired of career politicans. staying in office until the day you die just doesnt work any more.another reason he lost is because of the web site www.tinleysparks.com.. if you read whats on the site you would not vote for any politician in tinley park.another thought-does hastings have any brothers or sisters who could run for elected office in tinley park.
john Q Adams March 23, 2012 at 02:00 PM
More cook county politics into will county and more nepotism. Wow, how must that work can anybody send their 32 year old son to be ILL Senator? Wow. Yep, just another politician Take a look at some of the articles in patch regarding hastings and company. Politicians and diapers have one thing in common. They should both be changed regularly, and for the same reason. (Orland Hills Mayor Kyle Hastings was removed Monday night as superintendent of the Bellwood School District 88. The school board decided after a 4-3 vote and placed him on paid administrative leave until his contract expires on June 30 Hiring a person who most of the board members never even met?! How many of us ever got a job in that manner? There's no way in the world this appointment had the students' best interests in mind! It's nothing new for something to smell seriously wrong in Chicago Heights. The mayor is completing his takeover of a healthy purse and provider of jobs. Find Karwowski on the list of contributors to Gonzalez. Who was just hired as a mechanic at the district? Karwowski. Find Lisa and Don Aprati on Gonzalez''s list of contributors Who was just promoted? Lisa Aprati's husband. Think the mayor is not involved? He is now the emperor of Bloom.) He is of the kind politician who would cut down a redwood tree, then mount the stump and make a speech for conservation. I surely hope a real candidate files to run for real representation for us.
Larry H March 23, 2012 at 03:02 PM
A margin of 3-1 in Will County, Mr. Hannon's home of Tinley Park, and the rest of the district is because of a qualified candidate, not nepotism. Mr. Hannon is a great man, but unfortunately, he did not match what Mr. Hastings had to offer. From reading all of the comical comments through out the different news websites, I gather it was the fact that the 'angries', like Mr. Adams, have an issue the father and not the kid. Reading the 'regulars' posts through the different news sites all have the same message, and it's always negative. Why don't the Mr. Adams and others ever run for office? Why don't they ever voice their opinions in recorded forum's, like a Mokena School Board meeting? Why doesn't Mr. Adams ever show his face at a 159 school board meeting to put credibility behind his beliefs. ANSWER: Because Mr. Adams feels that his message is more credible through the websites under an alias and not in a meeting setting. Very sad sir that your facts are from a written perspective from a reporter in a news-site or newspaper. I am look forward to seeing your leadership in our school district, Will County Boards, or state office. When you send out your ideas that will make the schools in Mokena better, put your stage name of John Q Adams so your flock of thousands and your school board amigo's that believe your propaganda will vote you in to fix the school system or what ever you're angry at for that day.


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