110513 js 0013RSPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Drug Enforcement Officers Association honored State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) with an award for his work to help undercover police Tuesday.

“I have always had an immense respect for the work of our law enforcement officers, especially those who work undercover,” Haine said. “They deliberately put themselves in dangerous, high-risk situations to make our communities safer. It is the least we can do to try and reduce the risk as much as possible.”

Representatives from the Illinois State Police and the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police presented the award for Haine’s efforts passing a law that frees police from having to wear a recording device while running an undercover sting operation.

“Undoubtedly, this law has already and—in the future—will save the life of an undercover police officer. We have an outstanding relationship working with Senator Haine,” said Laimutis Nargelenas, a representative of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police.

Haine has previously been awarded: Public Official of the Year by the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, Legislator of the Year by the Illinois State’s Attorneys Association as a state senator. Haine was also awarded Prosecutor of the Year by the St. Louis Metropolitan Major Case Squad Officers as Madison County State’s Attorney.

CAPTION: Lt. Col Terry Lemming of the Illinois State Police and President of the Illinois Drug Enforcement Officers Association presented State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) an award for his work with undercover police regulation.

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HaineFloorShot6SPRINGFIELD – A plan returning $8.4 million from the defunct Wood River Township Hospital fund to taxpayers passed the Senate by a 51 to 5 vote.

State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) introduced the plan, Senate Bill 496, Tuesday. State Representative Daniel Beiser (D-Alton) will sponsor the bill now that it moves to the House.

“There have been many different proposals for what to do with these funds, but the fairest, most-practical and overwhelmingly supported solution is to give this money back to taxpayers,” Haine said.

Wood River Township Hospital closed in 2000. After 10 years of retiring debt and paying out pension benefits, the fund has approximately $8.4 million left over.

The new plan will permanently dissolve the hospital as a legal entity and give the hospital’s board six months to sell any remaining property, transfer medical records, conduct an audit and pay any outstanding debts.

After the hospital is dissolved, the remaining funds will be transferred to the Madison County Treasurer and disbursed to current property taxpayers by the Madison County Clerk based on the 2005 levy year.

"It is a rare occasion when the government can write a check directly to taxpayers. Dan Beiser and I are pleased to do it,” Haine said.

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SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) has introduced legislation returning $8.4 million from the defunct Wood River Township Hospital fund to taxpayers.

Haine introduced the plan as an amendment to an existing bill—Senate Bill 496—this week, and the plan will be addressed in the Senate Local Government Committee at 10 a.m. today.

Wood River Township Hospital closed in 2000 and after 10 years of retiring debt and paying out pension benefits the fund has approximately $8.4 million left over.

“There have been many different proposals for what to do with these funds, but the fairest, most-practical and overwhelmingly supported solution is to give this money back to taxpayers,” Haine said.

State Representative Daniel Beiser (D-Alton) will sponsor the plan in the House.

“This is commonsense legislation that will ensure that Wood River Township taxpayers are directly refunded money from the hospital district,” Beiser said. “I look forward to working with Sen. Haine and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to quickly pass this measure.”

The new plan will permanently dissolve the hospital as a legal entity and give the hospital’s board six months to sell any remaining property, transfer medical records, conduct an audit and pay any outstanding debts.

After the hospital is dissolved, the remaining funds will be transferred to the Madison County Treasurer and disbursed to current property taxpayers by the Madison County Clerk based on the 2005 levy year.

“It is a rare occasion when the government can write a check directly to taxpayers. Dan Beiser and I are pleased to do it,” Haine said.

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HaineFloorShot2WOODRIVER, IL – State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) and Daniel Beiser (D-Alton) support a plan to return to taxpayers the roughly $4.9 million pension fund surplus from the closed Woodriver Township Hospital. Beiser and Haine will sponsor legislation during the fall veto session to refund taxpayers the leftover funds from the defunct pension fund.
 
“We want to put this money back in taxpayers’ wallets,” Haine said. “We have listened to all the involved parties, weighed the practical possibilities and decided that refunding this money is the fairest, most equitable option.”
 
“This is commonsense legislation that will ensure that Wood River Township taxpayers are directly refunded money from the hospital district,” Beiser said.
 
Refunds to township residents would be based on the amount individuals paid in property tax while the hospital tax was in place.
 
Woodriver Township Hospital closed in 2000 and after a 10 year period of paying out pension benefits the fund still had nearly $5 million dollars leftover. The General Assembly would have to pass a law in order for the hospital’s board to issue refunds to taxpayers.

The method of disbursing funds is currently being reviewed. Beiser and Haine hope to introduce a bill in October. 

Past members of the hospital board; Ken Miller, the retired chairman of the board; Louis Kosiba of the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund; Beiser; and Haine—as states attorney—worked together to discover these funds and work to return them to the public.
 
“An overwhelming majority of people support this refund and I have always tried to represent the interest and will of the people,” Haine said.

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