Sen. William R. Haine (retired)

Honoring the legacy of former Senator William Haine

The Senate Democratic Caucus is saddened to learn of the passing of former colleague and state senator of the 56th district, William Haine. Haine retired from the Senate on Jan. 8, 2019, the last day of the 100th General Assembly.

The former Madison County State’s Attorney focused much of his work in the Senate on criminal law, insurance, the judiciary and veterans affairs. Haine and his wife Anna had seven children, 38 grandchildren and one great-grandchild, so his retiring to spend time with family was a full-time endeavor. Read more about Haine's legacy and statements from his colleagues here.



Drug prices

Governor signs Bennett plan to prevent pharmaceutical companies from hiding drug prices

CHAMPAIGN – A proposal passed by State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) requiring pharmaceutical companies to post a notice informing consumers that they may request current pharmacy retail prices at the point of sale was signed into law by Governor JB Pritzker.

“The signing of this legislation establishes truth and transparency for the pharmaceutical industry,” Bennett said. “With this new law on the books, consumers will have the ability to make informed decisions about where to buy their prescriptions.”

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Sen. Cristina Castro

Castro celebrates signing of legislation to empower immigrant victims of crime to report

SPRINGFIELD – A measure spearheaded by State Senator Cristina Castro (D-Elgin) to enhance the Voices of Immigrant Communities Empowering Survivors Act in order to encourage people to report crimes without fear of jeopardizing their immigration status was signed into law.

“Everyone deserves to be able to protect themselves from crime, and a big part of that is having the ability to report wrongs against them or their loved ones to law enforcement,” Castro said. “The VOICES Act and these enhancements will help both victims harmed by criminal activity and law enforcement looking to investigate the criminal activity.”

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