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Sen. Haine responds to the closure of U.S. Steel in Granite City

haine-ussteelSpringfield, IL – Senator Haine (D-Alton) has filed a Senate resolution in response to U.S. Steel’s announcement that it will temporarily idle its Granite City plant. The closure of the plant will lead to the layoff of 2,080 workers.

“There is one word to describe this; catastrophic,” Haine said. “The closure of this plant would be a tragedy to the families of all these employees, as well as Granite City and the Metro-East. I have reached out to Senator Durbin and Governor Rauner, and I intend on voicing my concerns to the president in an effort resolve this issue. U.S. Steel needs to stay open.”

The resolution urges the President of the United States and Congress to review the national tariff policy on steel goods, as well as consider all possible trade and economic policies to protect the steel industry.

A copy of the resolution will be presented to the President, Vice-President, the Majority and Minority Leaders of the U.S. Senate, and the Speaker and Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives.

Sen. William R. Haine

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Assistant Majority Leader
56th District

Years served:
2002 - 2018

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.