ADA LogoRCHICAGO – State officials trying to protect disabled people from abuse now have added legal protection themselves thanks to a new law signed Monday by the governor.

The law – sponsored by State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) – protects the Illinois Department on Aging from being sued for enforcing the Adult Protective Services Act, which was approved last year.

“Last year we passed sweeping protections for this at-risk population. This is a continuing effort to fine tune a new program and ensure the best protections,” Haine said.

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052714CM0393SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) introduced a resolution Wednesday urging the U.S. Department of Commerce and President Obama to investigate unfair South Korean trade practices.

There have been recent reports of low-quality, Korean-made steel being dumped into the U.S. market. These goods are being brought into the U.S. through deceptive trade practices and are being sold far below the fair market price.

“This cheap, low-quality steel is hurting the American economy and the federal government shouldn’t sit by while this happens. The Granite City steel works employs skilled workers who could face losing their jobs it their first-rate product continues to be undercut by shoddy foreign steel,” Haine said.

Senate Resolution 1243 urges the Department of Commerce to investigate South Korean companies' trade practices and protect the value of American-made steel.

When it is adopted by the Senate a copy of the resolution will be sent to President Obama.

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040114 js 1535SPRINGFIELD – Video cameras and motion sensors could be added to a list of illegal booby traps under a proposed law approved by the Illinois Senate on Tuesday.

Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) sponsored plan, House Bill 4269, in the Senate to update the existing law that targets drug dealers who fortify buildings against law enforcement.

“If drug dealers have cameras or motion sensors to let them know when the police are coming, it gives them a chance to escape or destroy evidence,” Haine said.

It is currently illegal to booby trap a building in order to obstruct police. The list of criminal fortifications includes alarm systems, cross bars, steel doors, and the use of dogs.

Representative Jerry Costello (D-Smithton) introduced the plan in the House.

“Law Enforcement officers already take great risk entering a location of suspected criminal activity, and any attempt to harm or impede them in the course of their duties should be aggressively punished,” Costello said.

The Senate approved HB 4269 by a 57-0 vote. It was approved by the House in April and now goes to the governor for approval.

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051914 js 0190SPRINGFIELD – Meth cooks who set up labs close to schools could face higher penalties under a plan approved by the Illinois State Senate on Tuesday.

Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) sponsored the legislation in the Senate that expands aggravated participation in methamphetamine manufacturing to people who cook the dangerous drug within 1,000 feet of school property. Representative Dan Beiser (D-Alton) introduced the plan in the House.

“Exposing young people to this terrible drug or to the dangers associated with meth making is a crime that needs greater penalties,” Haine said.

“I appreciate the South Roxana Police Department bringing to my attention a way the existing law can be strengthened to protect our communities,” Beiser said.

The offense – aggravated participation in methamphetamine manufacturing – already applies to people who manufacture meth in the presence of minors, seniors or pregnant women. It also applies to cases where the meth lab explodes, it injures others, it takes place in an apartment building or the person making the meth takes steps to fortify or booby trap the production site.

Depending on the amount of meth being manufactured, penalties could range from 6-60 years in prison or a fine based on the street value of the drugs.

The plan, House Bill 4093, passed the Senate by a 57-0 vote. It passed the House in April and now moves to the governor for approval.

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