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

haine-steelThe Illinois Senate was joined by steelworkers today as they passed Senator William Haine’s (D-Alton) Senate resolution urging the President of the United States and Congress to review the national tariff policy on steel goods.

In March U.S. Steel announced it would idle its Granite City plant leading to the layoff of more than 2,000 employees.

“The United States steel industry is suffering as a whole right now. I am asking the President and Congress to carefully review the national tariff policy on steel goods. Steel has been an integral part of our country and we must not let foreign imports trump US-made steel,” said Haine. “The Granite City plant has been in the area for generations and is a key employer in the region. Seeing it close would be catastrophic and would have devastating effects to the families of all those employed there, as well as Granite City and the Metro-East.”

Excerpt from Senator Haine’s impassioned floor speech on May 5 discussing Senate Resolution 254:



Senate Resolution 254 passed the Senate and a copy will be presented to the President of the United States, vice-president, the majority and minority leaders of the U.S. Senate and the speaker and minority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Haine presents veterans’ families with service medals

Springfield – Senator Bill Haine (D- Alton) attended a medal presentation ceremony honoring veterans Ted James Mitan and Clifford John Haug. Haine presented Mitan’s wife, Grace, and daughter, Julie, with both the Occupation Medal and the National Defense Service Medal for his service.

WEBSITE Senator Haine with the family of Ted Mitan“It is an honor to have the chance to present these medals to the Mitan family,” Haine said. “It is also great to be present and to help honor Clifford Haug. These men risked their lives in order to protect our freedoms. Both of them deserve our gratitude and respect.”

Ted J. Mitan was drafted into the United States Army in 1952, and was sent to Germany where he served as an interpreter due to his ability to speak Polish, German and Russian.

Julie Embrich, daughter of Ted Mitan said, “We are very honored to be a part of this special ceremony. My father was very proud of his military service.”

Harry F. Sawyer, Assistant Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ affairs, presented the wife and daughter of Clifford John Haug with two Bronze Stars and the Good Conduct Medal.

Sandra Special, Daughter of Clifford Haug said “It was a wonderful opportunity to come together to honor our veterans and our families. I want to express our thanks to Senator Haine and his staff on their dedication to this project. I also want thank to the Veterans’ Association, the Patriot Guard and the wonderful staff of Foxes Grove.”

WEBSITE Senator Haine with the family of Clifford HaugThe medal ceremony took place at the Foxes Grove Supportive Living Community in Wood River. The event was well attended by the families of the honorees, Earl M. White with the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs, members of the Foxes Grove Community and members of the Patriot Guard.

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. Haine praises $23.5 million construction investment for SIU Edwardsville

haine-siueSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) applauded a recently announced investment that allocates $23.5 million to construction projects on SIU Edwardsville’s campus. The investment will help with renovation of an existing science building reconfiguring approximately 80,000 square feet of space, and will complete the construction of a new $81.3 million science center.

The project creates offices, classrooms and laboratories, including upgrading the climate control, mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems, as well as replacing existing windows with more energy-efficient designs. The finished project will be considered for a LEED Silver designation, a testament to its energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly design.

“It’s important that we continue to invest in higher education in our state, and doing it in a way that is environmentally friendly supplements the benefits for the students and staff,” Sen. Haine said.

Work will begin around the first of October and should be completed by spring 2016. The Illinois Capital Development Board (CDB) will manage the construction project.

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.