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  • haine 040516SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) adopted a resolution Wednesday in honor of Lance Corporal Kenneth Corzine. Corzine served in Afghanistan where he passed away due to wounds received in battle.

    The resolution designates a part of Illinois Route 140 from North Bellwood Drive to Prairie Street in Bethalto as the “LCpl. Kenneth Corzine Memorial Drive.”

    “This young man gave the ultimate sacrifice for his country,” Haine said. “He would have been 29 today, and it is an honor to pay tribute to him in this way. Our fallen soldiers deserve our utmost respect, gratitude and appreciation. I hope that by dedicating this portion of highway to this fallen soldier, it will serve as a reminder to all who drive on it what a patriot he was and the service he gave to our country.”

    Corzine enlisted in the United State Marine Corps on August 1, 2007. He served as a rifleman with the 1st Squad, 3rd Platoon, Company L in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He was awarded with a Purple Heart as well as the Combat Action Ribbon.

    LCpl. Corzine was injured during battle on December 5, 2010 and later succumbed to the wounds he received.

    The resolution was adopted by the Senate on Wednesday, May 4, 2016.

    Read the full resolution.

  • haine 022817SPRINGFIELD—The Metro-East communities of Collinsville and Godfrey were recognized today as Governor’s Hometown Award winners.  Both cities were chosen from dozens of applications received from units of local governments across the state. State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) represents both areas.

    “I have had the pleasure of representing Collinsville and Godfrey in the Illinois Senate for 15 years,” Haine said. “Both communities are made up of outstanding people that are dedicated to improving the lives of those around them. I offer them both my most sincere congratulations.”

    Collinsville was selected for the award thanks to their Hometown Heroes project. For the last two years during Veteran’s and Memorial Day, banners were hung in Uptown Collinsville to recognize past and present members of the Armed Forces.

    Godfrey was selected because of the Beverly Farm Foundation. Originally founded in 1897, the Beverly Farm Foundation is a 400-person community located in Godfrey that serves individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

    Both Collinsville and Godfrey were recognized by the Serve Illinois Commission at a ceremony at the Old State Capitol in Springfield.

  • vets presser 031318SPRINGFIELD – Three years after the initial outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease at the Illinois Veterans Home at Quincy, residents of that facility and others like it are still waiting for Gov. Bruce Rauner to be proactive in detecting and removing Legionella bacteria from state-run facilities.

    State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) has taken charge in the governor’s absence, advancing bipartisan legislative measures this week to improve water management and notification requirements at state facilities.

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    Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park), Chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, issued the following statement in response to the governor’s press conference at the Illinois Veterans Home at Quincy today:

    “Another press conference, another plan, another contradiction and more waiting for our military veterans and their families as Governor Rauner tries to hide his mistakes and failures. Three years later and Gov. Rauner is still drafting plans but refusing to take any action.

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  • haine 030117SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) advanced a measure through the Senate Criminal Law Committee on Tuesday to allow Illinois to prosecute perpetrators of drug-induced homicide more effectively.

    The measure, Senate Bill 639, expands the offense of drug-induced homicide to include delivery of a controlled substance under the laws of another jurisdiction if the resulting death occurs in Illinois.

    “This measure is about deterrence and making it clear we will not stand for illicit drug dealers providing lethal narcotics in our state,” Haine said. “Drug use has become an epidemic, and we must not stand idle while our young people are dying due to overdose.”

    The legislation is in response to incidents where judges have acquitted defendants charged with drug-induced homicide because the substance that caused the death did not come from Illinois. This bill seeks to resolve that gap so defendants are not acquitted of this offense when the illicit substance was delivered in another jurisdiction, but the death occurs in Illinois.

    The measure passed out of the committee on Tuesday and will now go to the Senate floor for final action.

  • haine 032117State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) is working on legislation that would require certain medical facilities to have active closed captioning on televisions in waiting rooms and resident rooms.

    The measure, Senate Bill 309, is an initiative of IMPACT Center for Independent Living in Alton. The organization, which serves individuals with disabilities, noted that many of the patients it serves have reported inability to understand or hear televisions in medical facilities, and thereby have difficulty receiving important information.

    Angela Botz, a proponent for deaf citizens and a representative of IMPACT CIL in Alton, noted in her testimony in the Senate Licensed Activities and Pensions Committee that captioning features make a difference in the lives of the individuals with hearing loss, those with learning disabilities and the elderly.

    “Captioning will benefit viewers for health comprehension and retention, accessibility, usage and preferences for access services,” Botz said. “Often times, individuals who request these services are ignored. Bottom line: The importance of captioning and full health access matters.”

    Haine’s legislation, which is similar to a Minnesota law, requires closed captioning to be kept on at all times in certain medical facilities, including nursing homes.

    “This measure is about ensuring people with hearing disabilities have access to vital information,” Haine said. “People need to be able to know what is going on in the world around them and the ability to have important medical information communicated to them.”

    While there is currently some opposition to how hospitals would fund television upgrades to provide closed captioning on all devices, Haine noted that he is working closely with the Illinois Hospital Association and with nursing homes to come to a resolution that is economically feasible and fits the needs of those with hearing disabilities.

    “I am grateful for the work and input from the Illinois Hospital Association,” Haine said. “I know together we can reach a resolution on a good piece of legislation that will help many people in our community.”

  • Haine 082317SPRINGFIELD – State Sen. Bill Haine (D-Alton) honored Patriot Guard Rider and Alton resident Fred Smith today by placing Smith’s pin on his Patriot Guard Rider vest.

    Smith has been a member of the Patriot Guard, an organization whose members are dedicated to attending the funeral services of fallen American heroes and ensuring services aren’t disrupted by protesters, for more than 15 years. Smith received his honorary pin after serving on 504 missions with the Patriot Guard.

    “The Patriot Guard Riders are dedicated individuals who are committed to honoring our fallen heroes and the sacrifices they made,” Haine said. “For years, Fred Smith has been a devoted member of the Patriot Guard, and I was honored to place his Patriot Guard Rider pin on his vest.”

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  • towtruckSPRINGFIELD – A measure sponsored by State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) to protect citizens from excessive tow fees will go to the governor. 

    Senate Bill 2261 has been an important Haine initiative this session. The issue was brought to his attention after reports of local municipalities charging as much as $500 for a tow release fee. Haine filed the legislation in an effort to bring fairness and efficiency to the process of redeeming vehicles.

    “I have worked very hard this year to get this legislation passed,” said Haine. “I am happy that we were able to come together and get this important measure to protect citizens from outrageous fees accomplished. Having a car break down on the side of the road or having to abandon a vehicle because of unforeseeable circumstances is already a heavy enough burden to bear. Excessive impound fees on top of that is simply unreasonable.”

    The measure puts in place limits on administrative fees imposed by local municipalities. It also prevents a vehicle from being impounded for illegal parking unless it has been there for more than 48 hours or the owner was unable to move the vehicle due to an emergency circumstance. Additionally, if a car is wrongfully impounded and attorney fees accrue, the county or municipality would be responsible for the fees.

    The measure passed the Senate Tuesday on a concurrence vote of 58-0. It will now go to the governor’s desk for consideration.

  • haine organ donSPRINGFIELD – Legislation sponsored by State Senator Bill Haine (D- Alton) was signed by the governor on Tuesday. The measure will improve the organ and tissue transplant process throughout the Metro East.
     
    House Bill 4120, a bipartisan measure that passed both houses of the legislature without a single no vote, will enable a better process for tissue and organ donors by allowing donations to occur at a state-of-the-art facility in St. Louis.
        
    “I am thrilled to see this legislation gain such great support and to see it signed into law,” said Haine. “Every minute counts when it comes to tissue and organ donations. This legislation allows for a better process so those who need organ and tissue donations are able to receive them quickly, thereby increasing the likelihood of successful recovery and saving lives.”

    The legislation allows Illinois funeral directors or transporters to move bodies across state lines to state-of-the-art facilities in St. Louis.  It also eliminates unnecessary regulations and paperwork in order to expedite the process.
     
    This measure was signed by Governor Bruce Rauner on Tuesday and goes into effect January 1. 

  • haine 042318SPRINGFIELD – To help spur the continued economic growth of communities in Madison County, State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) passed legislation to extend Tax Increment Financing districts for the communities of Edwardsville and Granite City.

    These districts allow local governments to re-invest property tax dollars into the development of the community. 

    “Extending these TIF districts gives our local leaders the tools to ensure continued economic development and the availability of good-paying jobs in our communities,” Haine said.

    Both TIF districts were established in 1997 and are set to expire within the next two years. The Edwardsville TIF, located south of the downtown area, has helped promote economic development through small business growth. In Granite City, the TIF district has helped promote and stabilize good-paying jobs in the volatile steel industry. Haine’s proposal would extend the Granite City TIF district through 2030 and the Edwardsville TIF district through 2032.

    “Each of these TIF districts is vital to the economic growth of our region. I strongly encourage my colleagues in the Illinois House to pass the legislation to provide economic stability for these communities for years to come,” Haine said.

    Haine’s legislation, Senate Bill 2445, passed the Illinois Senate with a vote of 50-1. It will now head to the Illinois House for consideration.

  • 053116CM0630rSPRINGFIELD – A measure sponsored by State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) to protect citizens from excessive tow fees was signed by Governor Rauner, Friday.   

    Senate Bill 2261 is an important Haine initiative. The issue was brought to his attention after reports of local municipalities charging as much as $500 for a tow release fee. Haine filed the legislation in an effort to bring fairness and efficiency to the process of redeeming vehicles.

    “I have worked very hard this year to get this legislation passed,” said Haine. “I am happy that we were able to come together and get this important measure to protect citizens from outrageous fees accomplished. Having a car break down on the side of the road or having to abandon a vehicle because of unforeseeable circumstances is already a heavy enough burden to bear. Excessive impound fees on top of that is simply unreasonable.”

    The measure puts in place limits on administrative fees imposed by local municipalities. It also prevents a vehicle from being impounded for illegal parking unless it has been there for more than 48 hours or the owner was unable to move the vehicle due to an emergency circumstance. Additionally, if a car is wrongfully impounded and attorney fees accrue, the county or municipality would be responsible for the fees.

  • haine 040516SPRINGFIELD – Illinois citizens may soon be protected against excessive fees for impounded vehicles. Illinois State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) is working legislation through the Senate in an effort to bring fairness and efficiency to the process of redeeming vehicles impounded by municipalities.

    Haine filed legislation in response to reports indicating that some local governments were charging as much as $500 for a tow release fee. Senate Bills 2261 and 2265 aim to clarify previous laws which allow municipalities to set administrative fees related to the processing and cost of impounded vehicles.

    “This legislation is aimed at protecting citizens in our communities from outrageous impound fees,” Haine said. “Having a car break down on the side of the road or having to abandon a vehicle because of unforeseeable circumstances is already a heavy enough burden to bear. Excessive impound fees on top of that is simply unreasonable. This legislation protects people from being victim to large fees due to unfortunate circumstances.”

    The two pieces of legislation contain the following protections:

    Senate Bill 2261:

    • Limits the administrative fee by a local government for impounded vehicles from exceeding the actual cost of services provided

    • Prevents a vehicle from being impounded for illegal parking unless it has been there for more than 48 hours or the owner was unable to move the vehicle due to an emergency circumstance

    • Attorney fees will be awarded by the county or municipality if a vehicle is wrongfully seized

    Senate Bill 2265:

    • Daily storage fees for impounded vehicles shall not accrue until five days after the vehicle is towed

    • Requires a notice of seizure be sent by mail at the time the vehicles is towed

    • Allows a lease holder to take possession of an impounded vehicle


    Senator Haine said he plans to bring the bills before the full Senate later this month.

  • haine 032117SPRINGFIELD – State Sen. Bill Haine (D-Alton) filed legislation today to correct a flaw currently in state law that can exempt gun ranges from noise complaints. Haine filed the proposal after he was contacted by several homeowners in close proximity to a Godfrey-area gun range called Trigger Talent.

    The gun range has refused to comply with noise modifications despite the numerous complaints from local residents.

  • Sen. William R. HaineSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) co-sponsored and spoke adamantly in support of a measure passed by the Illinois Senate that will allow patients who have waited more than 45 days to determine their Medicaid status to become provisionally eligible.

    Haine co-sponsored the legislation after hearing dozens of complaints from frustrated constituents who experienced significant delays in getting their Medicaid status approved.

    Federal law requires the state to make this determination in less than 45 days, but in Illinois many patients have been callously forced to wait several months, and in some cases even up to a year.

  • haine 062316 1ALTON – State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) continued his tour of human service agencies on Wednesday by visiting Impact CIL in Alton to see how the budget impasse continues to affect human service agencies and the citizens of his district.

    Impact CIL, an organization that helps the disabled, currently has a sign posted on its front door that reads, “Due to the state budget impasse our office will be closed on Fridays until further notice.” A step inside and the employees and Executive Director Cathy Contarino will give testament to just how dire the situations is.

  • haine ussteelSPRINGFIELD — Millions of dollars owed to local communities will soon be on their way, Illinois Senator Bill Haine said Monday. The Illinois Senate voted to approve funding for items such as winter road maintenance, critical funding for mental health facilities and funding for community colleges.

    “This measure is a great step forward in getting Illinois back on track,” Haine said. “These funds are important to local communities and should have never been tied up in the first place. Today, we were able to compromise and now municipalities across Madison and St. Clair counties will receive the funding they need in order to provide essential services. I am pleased to see that Governor Rauner is willing to compromise with us on this important issue.”

    The House passed SB 2039 last week and the Senate concurred on the measure today. It will now be sent to the governor for his approval.
    The measure also includes funding for the following:

    •    $582.5 million to IDOT for local governments share of motor fuel gas tax revenues.
    •    $43 million to the Community College Board for career and technical education activities.
    •    $45 million to the Department of Revenue so local governments can receive their share of video gaming proceeds.
    •    $3.1 million to the Illinois Math and Science Academy to allow them to access their income funds and pay operating costs.
    •    $31 million to IDOT to purchase road salt.
    •    $2.5 million for breast cancer services and research.
    •    $1 billion to the Lottery for prizes.
    •    $28 million for nursing home licensing and inspections.
    •    $165 million for home heating bill assistance.
    •    $77 million for 911-related costs.
    •    $3.1 million to the Illinois Department of Public Health for the Tobacco Quitline.

  • haine 022817SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate approved a measure Tuesday that would fund Alton-area social service agencies and Southern Illinois University for 2017.

    State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) voted yes on the legislation, which would allow places like Senior Services Plus and Impact CIL in Alton to remain up and running.

    Over the last two years as the State of Illinois has grappled with a prolonged budget stalemate, Senior Services Plus reduced its meals on wheels program to just one delivery of frozen food per week rather than daily fresh food deliveries. Impact CIL, an organization serving the disabled, announced during the summer it would reduce its staff by 20 percent.

    “We passed this measure with bipartisan support because we know something needed to be done to protect people who are suffering,” Haine said. “Time is running out, and these organizations need help. It is absolutely necessary that this measure receives support from my colleagues in the House and from the governor.”

    Tuesday’s measure also includes an appropriation for the Southern Illinois University system and for Monetary Award Program grants.

    “SIU in Edwardsville is one of Illinois’ finest institutions of higher learning. The university provides an excellent education to students who come not only from this area, but from throughout the Midwest,” Haine said. “There is no reason a state school should be lacking state funding.”