MAP grant fundingSPRINGFIELD – Next week the Illinois State Senate plans to take up funding for financial aid for qualified college students. The Monetary Assistance Program (MAP) provides needy Illinois students with funding to pay for college tuition.  This funding is currently being held up as a result of the budget impasse.

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Haine improve organ and tissue transplant process SPRINGFIELD – Legislation sponsored by State Senator Bill Haine (D- Alton) was signed by the governor on Tuesday. The measure will improve the organ and tissue transplant process throughout the Metro East.

House Bill 4120, a bipartisan measure that passed both houses of the legislature without a single no vote, will enable a better process for tissue and organ donors by allowing donations to occur at a state-of-the-art facility in St. Louis.

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Senator HaineALTON – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has been carrying out a series of impact studies on a proposed project to build a road to connect Alton and Godfrey.

At an informational meeting about the development last week, local citizens came out to voice their concerns and opposition.

“This project has been the subject of a series of studies to gauge public input, and I have heard the opposition,” said Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton). “In order to go forward with this project, we need local support. Without local support, this project is not viable. I have heard from many local businesses and individuals that would have immediate losses from this development. The losses far outweigh the projected gains.

“Additionally, I believe this funding is better suited for other projects that are needed throughout our community. I have requested that IDOT use this funding on such projects as the I-270 expansion and repair, the bike trail on the River Road or the round-about on IL Route 3 in Godfrey. These are necessary developments for our community that garner significant public support.”

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Metal TheftSPRINGFILED – A measure sponsored by Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) creating the Recyclable Metal Theft Task Force was signed into law today.

This task force will be charged with establishing a collaborative effort to combat recyclable metal theft throughout the state. The high price of copper has lead people to steal wiring and piping from utility property, electrical infrastructure and vacant homes.  

“Metal theft has become a major issue,” said Haine. “It is important we combat this problem head on, and that is exactly what this task force will do. When people steal the copper out of utility lines, it causes issues resulting in power disruptions and revenue loss. This can lead to major electric outages and expensive repairs that impact ratepayers. This task force protects consumers and reduces costs associated with metal theft. ”

The measure, House Bill 330, was originally introduced by Representative Jay Hoffman (D-Belleville) in the House.

The measure creating the task force was signed into law today by Governor Bruce Rauner.

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