TINLEY PARK, IL — A Will County judge ruled Thursday that Tinley Park Mayor Michael Glotz and a police officer will not be required to comply with State Sen. Michael Hastings’ subpoena request made as part of his divorce proceedings.
Judge Dinah Archambeault dismissed the subpoenas, saying that any potential testimony would not be relevant to Hastings’ divorce case, according to a Chicago Tribune report.
The requests were made in connection with a police report Hastings’ estranged wife reportedly filed with Tinley Park Police on Father’s Day 2021, the Tribune reports.
In a copy of the subpoena issued to Glotz obtained by Patch, the request called for Glotz to disclose any and all communications between him and Hastings’ wife Kathleen, including text messages, social media messages, emails, phone messages, and other digital communications. It also called for Glotz to share any communications discussing the dissemination of the “defamatory statements and documents, receipt of photos, audiotapes, videotapes” pertaining to the couple, and any documentation of money owed to or by either Glotz or Hastings, or money gifted or loaned to Hastings.
Hastings’ attorney Bernadette Barrett argued in court Thursday that Hastings’ wife’s communications with Glotz could reflect the latter’s involvement in the estranged couple’s financial disputes.
Hastings’ lawyer on Thursday argued the testimonies could also illustrate ill intent meant to damage Hastings’ political career, the Tribune reports.
At issue in the divorce are custody of the children, and payment of child support and maintenance.
The judge dismissed the subpoena requests without prejudice, indicating they could be reinstated if there is a significant change.
Glotz responded to the ruling Thursday afternoon.
“My heart goes out to the Hastings children, divorce is always difficult, even more so when it is played out in public,” Glotz told Patch. “It’s unfortunate that Senator Hastings attempted to drag me into his personal matters in an effort to take the focus off of the conduct he was accused of in the police report, I am grateful the judge saw this effort for what it was and quashed the subpoena .”
The ruling Thursday comes two days after Hastings, 41, went public with his lawsuit against the Village of Frankfort, in which he’s trying to determine who leaked a police report from a June 2021 domestic incident involving Hastings and his wife, Kathleen, at their home .
Hastings filed a petition for discovery July 18 in the Circuit Court of the 12th Judicial District in Will County, according to court documents. The petition also lists two unnamed people as sources of possible information on the leak.
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According to court documents, a Frankfort police officer responded June 20, 2021, to the Hastings’ home in the 20600 block of Holland Harbor Drive for a report of a verbal argument. Hastings alleges that the police report contains “defamatory statements” and “false claims” of domestic violence made by his estranged wife, including an allegation she was battered by her husband approximately eight months prior.
Hastings claimed the police report was “intentionally leaked to the news media in a sinister attempt to influence the elections, hurt me politically by tarnishing my reputation, and turning the divorce around to blame the divorce on me by using these false domestic violence accusations,” according to an emailed statement.
Hastings is running unopposed in June’s Democratic primary. He will face off against Republican Patrick Sheehan in the November General Election for the Illinois State Senate District 19 seat. Hastings was first elected to the seat in 2012.
The 19th State Senate District includes portions of Frankfort, Mokena, New Lenox, Tinley Park, Flossmoor, Oak Forest, Orland Park and Homer Glen.
Patch Editor TJ Kremer III contributed to this report.