SIU E MAP grantSPRINGFIELD—Metro East students and students from across Illinois rallied at the Capitol to call for state financial aid and university funding Tuesday.

Illinois has entered its fourth month with no budget to operate public universities or fund the state’s program that helps students afford college. The Monetary Award Program is the state’s college affordability program that helps roughly 140,000 Illinois students attend college.

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Haine Vets fair 1 CopyEDWARDSVILLE – Metro East veterans came together to learn about job opportunities, educational options and benefits during a veterans resource fair Thursday.

State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) and Representative Dan Beiser (D-Alton) hosted the fair at Edwardsville American Legion Post 199 to give area veterans the opportunity to access multiple state, local and federal resources in one convenient location.

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Haine Gift of Life Award GroupEDWARDSVILLE - Senator William Haine (D-Alton) was honored today with a Gift of Life Award by Mid-America Transplant Services for his legislation to improve the organ and tissue transplant process in Metro East.

Haine was the sponsor of House Bill 4120, legislation to improve the tissue and organ donation process in Illinois and save lives. The legislation, which passed both houses of the legislature without a single no vote and was signed into law, enables a better process for tissue and organ donors by allowing donations to occur at a state-of-the-art facility in St. Louis.

“This legislation will fix a technical problem in Illinois law that prevents a funeral director from transporting a dead body across state lines for tissue or organ donation,” said Diane Brockmeier, Mid-America’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “Senator Haine is receiving this award because he is truly committed to helping those needing transplants and we are happy that Governor Rauner signed this life saving legislation.”

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041415CM0924SPRINGFIELD – Outraged at the spate of heinous killings of police and fatal mass shootings in places such as churches, Illinois Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) announced Thursday he intends to file legislation to restore the death penalty in limited cases involving the most evil of crimes.


“As a former State’s Attorney, I understand the complexities of seeking the death penalty for individuals who have committed heinous crimes,” said Haine. “I have been shocked and appalled by the recent killings we have seen in churches and of police officers. The reality is there are some crimes in which the death penalty should be an option for a jury of our citizens to consider. Those who take the life of officers, or engage in mass killings, need to face the appropriate consequences.”

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