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Haine advances measure to crack down on drug-induced homicide

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 votes to keep social service agencies open, SIU funded

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.”

Rauner signed Haine measure to help families claim insurance policies

haine 021016 mrSPRINGFIELD – A measure sponsored by State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton),  was signed into law Friday. The measure, House Bill 4633, would allow families and relatives of the deceased to receive unclaimed life insurance benefits. 

The legislation, which is also an initiative of Illinois Treasurer Mike Frerichs, would free up $4.4 billion that has not been given out to beneficiaries. Unclaimed life insurance policies sometimes go unclaimed simply because people do not know they exist, or because people are unaware of how to claim such policies.

“This is a great initiative and I am proud to sponsor it. When insurance companies fail to pay out the proceeds of life insurance policies, they fail to honor their responsibility to the loved ones of the deceased,” said Haine. “When people pass, their families are left in a great deal of pain. While these awards and annuities can’t alleviate that pain, they can at least help with covering unexpected end-of-life costs.”

Life insurance companies have come under fire with accusations that they have not been diligent enough in awarding benefits to the families and relatives of deceased policyholders. The new legislation would create the Unclaimed Life Insurance Benefits Act to correct this.

“I was happy to work with the Treasurer, insurance companies and the Illinois Department of Insurance on this measure,” Haine added. “I think this really helped us to form a good, solid piece of legislation.”

Haine protects motorists from shady towing

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.

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.