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Sen. Haine bill to bring fairness to consumer-owned vehicle impounds passes Senate

Haine 042216SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) advanced a measure Friday that would protect citizens from excessive impound fees.

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 am happy to see this measure receive such great support by my colleagues in the Senate. When this issue was brought to my attention, I knew it was important that we make sure protections are put in place for the people in our communities,” Haine said. “This bill would protect the people who are unable to move their cars due to unforeseeable circumstances. It is unreasonable to punish people with an excessive impound fee for things that are out of their control.”  

The measure would limit the administrative fee by a local government for impounded vehicles from exceeding the actual cost of services provided. 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. Should attorney fees accrue due to the car being wrongfully impounded, they would be awarded by the county or municipality.  

The measure passed the Senate on Friday and now goes to the House for further consideration.  

Haine noted that due to the statewide complexity of the bill, the House will likely have more work to do on it.

Haine seeks fairness at consumer-owned vehicle impounds

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.

Senator Haine fights to keep U.S. Steel open in Granite City

haine ussteelSPRINGFIELD – When US Steel announced last March it were going to temporarily idle its Granite City plant, Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) reacted quickly by filing a Senate resolution urging the president and Congress to review the national tariff policy on steel goods.

While the Granite City plant was able to avoid a temporary idle in May, bad news was delivered to the families across the Metro East just in time for the holiday season. The plant announced the temporary layoff of 2,000 workers. Senator Haine released the following statement:

 “This is catastrophic,” Haine said. “I cannot emphasize enough how important the steel industry is to the Metro East, Illinois and the United States. The Granite City plant has been in the area for generations. If this plant closes I cannot imagine negative impact it would have. Congress must do something to stop the dumping of Chinese steel into the American market. I am yet again calling on Congress and the president to do something about this. These trade practices are unfair and they result in Americans losing out important, quality jobs.”

Haine votes to bring funding back to local government

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.

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.