03292017CM1138SPRINGFIELD – State Sen. Bill Haine (D-Alton) filed legislation today to correct a flaw currently in state law can exempt gun ranges from noise complaints. Haine filed the proposal after he was contacted by several homeowners in close proximity to a Godfrey-area gun range called Trigger Talent.

The gun range has refused to comply with noise modifications despite the numerous complaints from local residents.

“I stand behind our local gun ranges as a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, but they shouldn’t be allowed to disrupt the day-to-day life of the local community,” Haine said. “This proposal fixes an oversight in current law and gives the surrounding neighborhood the peace and quiet they deserve.”

Haine’s proposal, Senate Bill 571, will require the gun range to operate in an enclosed building that is able to contain the sound of the firearms.

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siueSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville has named Randall G. Pembrook, an alumnus of the university, as its new chancellor.

State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) expressed his complete support for the new chancellor as well as congratulates him.

“SIUE is a great institution and it brings so much to our region. I am happy to have an alumnus leading the university forward. The fact that he is a graduate of the university shows his commitment to the mission of SIUE. I know he will be a tremendous asset,” said Haine.

”I also want to thank General Randall Thomas and the SIU board of trustees for their outstanding work on finding such a qualified candidate for this positon.”

Haine, who has worked hard on behalf of the university to bring capital projects to the Edwardsville campus, also said he looks forward to working with the new chancellor to continue to bring projects to SIUE.

“I want to thank Steve Hansen for his work as the interim chancellor,” Haine added. “He has been a great asset to SIUE for many years.”

Steve Hansen has served as the interim chancellor since last August after Julie Furst-Bowe stepped down to serve as the vice president of instruction at Chippewa Valley Technical College in Wisconsin.

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Haine SB2095Southern Illinois University and other state universities would finally get state support and potentially scale back program cuts and layoffs thanks to legislation State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) supported Thursday in the Illinois Senate.

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Haine MAP grantsThe Illinois Senate voted to override Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto of SB2043 on Wednesday. The legislation would give the governor the spending authority to honor his administration’s commitments to the student financial aid program known as the Monetary Award Program.

State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) released the following statement:

“I am happy to see that my colleagues in the Senate see MAP grant funding as important as I do,” said Haine. “Making sure MAP grant funding is a priority is making sure our students’ futures are a priority. I hope the legislation receives the same support in the House.”

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