Senior RallyAs Illinois begins its 10th month without a budget, local senior service providers continue to feel the burden. Many organizations have called out to legislators to voice their concerns.

Senior Services Plus, an Alton organization that serves over 30,000 people a year, met with State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) last week to outline just how the impasse continues to affect the communities they serve.

“When I met with Senior Services Plus last year, the situation was bad,” Haine said. “Fast forward a year later, this situation is dire. What is even more frustrating is this was an avoidable situation. I don’t know if Governor Rauner understands what happens when he vetoes funding for services that help seniors. It means people go without food, they are forced out of their homes and into assisted living facilities, and their quality of life diminishes.

“We have sent the governor a budget that would have allowed our seniors to continue to receive the care they need. I hope he will keep this in mind before vetoing another plan to help our senior citizens.”

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Haine protecting consumers 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

 


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Senator Haine

 

Dear Friends,

 

011316CM0722During a committee hearing last week at the Capitol, officials from Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office and Senate Republicans defended their plan to skip pension payments to make the governor’s budget appear balanced.

 

The GOP pension-skipping idea comes despite the fact that similar action going back almost 100 years is largely responsible for the state's nearly $100 billion pension debt. Senate President John Cullerton advised Rauner's budget officials and Republican colleagues not to pursue skipping pension payments.

 

This plan is unacceptable. This is yet another bad idea from an irresponsible governor. Skipping pension payments is not an option, and it is certainly not a plan I support.

 

I encourage you to contact the governor and let your voice be heard. Tell him to protect your pensions.

 

Sincerely,
William Haine
Senator Bill Haine
56th District – Illinois

 

 

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Higher Education Funding SPRINGFIELD - Randy Dunn, president of the Southern Illinois University system, discussed a grim outlook for the university today in the Senate Appropriation Committee. State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) released the following statement:

We cannot continue down this path. SIU has been a priority of mine for years, and it has proven to be an irreplaceable benefit to the Metro East and Illinois as a flagship university.

SIU in Edwardsville attracts students from Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas and other states throughout the Midwest. To destroy this great university would be ridiculous and disgraceful. I will fight these cuts with every means available. Any ‘pro-growth’ agenda must maintain a commitment to the Illinois system of higher education, which has been one of the finest systems in the United States.

These huge cuts are economically harmful to the Metro East and the state of Illinois as well as harm the future of our young citizens who attend them.

 

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