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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Burn Victims Relief Act signed into lawSPRINGFIELD – On Monday, Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law a measure offering relief to fatally injured burn victims by cutting the red tape to qualify for disability benefits.

The act, also called the George Bailey Memorial Program, provides that burn victims who doctors expect to live for less than 18 months will immediately receive the five months’ pay they would have received from Social Security had there not been a mandatory five-month waiting period.

“When people suffer traumatic and fatal injuries they should not be denied the funds they would have received under better circumstances. This measure offers relief to individuals and their families in a time of hardship,” said Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton).

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080415CM0699SPRINGFIELD – The governor signed into law on Wednesday a measure co-sponsored by State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) to create a law that requires cameras must be turned on at all times when law enforcement officers are responding to calls for service and engaged in law-enforcement related activities.

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Senator Haine Fights to Keep U.S. Steel in Granite CitySpringfield, IL – The Illinois Senate was joined by steelworkers today as they passed Senator Haine’s (D-Alton) Senate resolution urging the President of the United States and Congress to review the national tariff policy on steel goods.

In March U.S. Steel announced it would idle its Granite City plant leading to the layoff of over 2,000 employees.

“The United States steel industry is suffering as a whole right now. I am asking the President and Congress to carefully review the national tariff policy on steel goods. Steel has been an integral part of our country and we must not let foreign imports trump U.S. - made steel,” said Haine. “The Granite City plant has been in the area for generations and is a key employer in the region. Seeing it close would be catastrophic and would have devastating effects to the families of all those employed there, as well as Granite City and the Metro-East.”

The resolution passed the Senate today and a copy will be presented to the President of the United States, vice-president, the majority and minority leaders of the U.S. Senate and the speaker and minority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Excerpt from Senator Haine’s impassioned floor speech on May 5 discussing Senate Resolution 254:

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