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Haine supports measure to ensure nursing homes aren’t punished for state’s mistakes

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 passes proposal to spur economic growth

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.

Collinsville, Godfrey receive state recognitions

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.

Haine honors local Patriot Guard Rider in pinning ceremony

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.”

Sen. William R. Haine

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Assistant Majority Leader
56th District

Years served:
2002 - Present

Committee assignments: Criminal Law; Insurance (Vice-Chairperson); Judiciary; Licensed Activities and Pensions; Veterans Affairs.

Biography: Born 8 August 1944, in Alton, Illinois. United States Army Veteran; one tour of duty, Vietnam (1967-69); Bachelors Degree, St. Louis University (1967); Juris Doctorate, St. Louis University School of Law (1974). Member, Madison County Board (1978, 1982-86); Metro-East Transit District Board of Trustees (1981-88); Madison County State's Attorney (1988-2002). Wife, Anna, 7 children, 31 grandchildren.