01102017AM2784SPRINGFIELD – State Sen. Bill Haine (D-Alton) issued the statement below after the Illinois Senate voted to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of Senate Bill 1, a proposal that would fix the school funding formula.

“Senate Bill 1 is the most scrutinized bill in recent state history. It provides millions of additional dollars for Metro East schools, and for the first time in nearly two decades gives them much-needed stability from year to year.
“The governor’s veto is an attempt to pit school districts and children against each other. It is divisive partisan politics that does nothing to support the schoolchildren in Edwardsville, Alton or Collinsville.

“I strongly urge my colleagues in the Illinois House to override the governor’s veto, to provide stability for our schools and allow them to keep their doors open this school year.”

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062916CM0709SPRINGFIELD – State Sen. Bill Haine (D-Alton) issued the statement below after Gov. Rauner issued an amendatory veto of Senate Bill 1, a proposal that would have fixed Illinois’ worst in the nation school funding formula.

“The governor had an opportunity to fundamentally change the school funding formula to benefit thousands of children across our state. Instead, he has chosen to play divisive, partisan politics and pit schools and children against each other.

“Every school in the state, including those in Alton, Edwardsville and the surrounding communities benefited under this new formula. I’m incredibly disappointed by the governor’s decision, but I’m committed to continuing to work toward what is best for our children.”

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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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