05012018CM0187SPRINGFIELD – After a shooting at the First Baptist Church in Maryville killed Pastor Fred Winters and injured another churchgoer, the Illinois Senate passed legislation to increase penalties on those that carry weapons into churches with an intent to harm others. State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) sponsored the measure.  

“These are sacred spaces where people go to worship and feel safe in their community,” Haine said. “People committing illegal, harmful activities here should be put in prison for a significant amount of time.”

The proposal was brought to Sen. Haine by Lt. Rich Dustman, a retired member of the Edwardsville Police Department and member at the church who was in attendance during the shooting.

“This was truly a heinous act committed by a criminal,” said Dustman. “Thanks to Senator Haine for giving law enforcement and prosecutors an additional tool to ensure these criminals are off the streets for a significant time.”

Under Haine’s proposal, when an attack happens within a church, synagogue, mosque or other place of worship, an individual can be charged with aggravated assault, a Class A misdemeanor, or aggravated battery, a Class 3 felony.  

The legislation also provides that an individual can be charged with a Class 2 felony if they carry or possess a firearm, knife or other dangerous weapon with the intent to harm in a place of worship.

Haine’s legislation, Senate Bill 561, passed with a vote of 51-0. It will now head to the Illinois House of Representatives for a vote.

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01312018CM1150SPRINGFIELD – To help spur the continued economic growth of communities in Madison County, State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) passed legislation to extend Tax Increment Financing districts for the communities of Edwardsville and Granite City.

These districts allow local governments to re-invest property tax dollars into the development of the community.  

“Extending these TIF districts gives our local leaders the tools to ensure continued economic development and the availability of good-paying jobs in our communities,” Haine said.

Both TIF districts were established in 1997 and are set to expire within the next two years. The Edwardsville TIF, located south of the downtown area, has helped promote economic development through small business growth. In Granite City, the TIF district has helped promote and stabilize good-paying jobs in the volatile steel industry. Haine’s proposal would extend the Granite City TIF district through 2030 and the Edwardsville TIF district through 2032.

“Each of these TIF districts is vital to the economic growth of our region. I strongly encourage my colleagues in the Illinois House to pass the legislation to provide economic stability for these communities for years to come,” Haine said.

Haine’s legislation, Senate Bill 2445, passed the Illinois Senate with a vote of 50-1. It will now head to the Illinois House for consideration.
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03132018CM0761RSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) released the following statement this afternoon following the governor’s press conference at the Illinois Veterans Home at Quincy:

“Classic bureaucrats. Three years after the crisis began they’re still talking about options and plans. There have been enough studies and reports and meetings. And that’s all the governor announced today. More studies and reports and meetings. The governor appears stuck on a political treadmill. Just do something already.”

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SPRINGFIELD –Illinois State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) released the following statement in response to Governor Bruce Rauner’s Budget Address on Wednesday:

“Once again, the governor failed to introduce a balanced budget that protects Madison county families. Today’s proposal will result in more of the same – layoffs at SIU-Edwardsville, cuts to services for seniors and those with disabilities and a significant property tax increase.

“It’s time for the governor to finally drop the campaign rhetoric and get to work on a real budget that works for Illinois families.”

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