SPRINGFIELD, IL – State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) and 44 other members of the Illinois Senate voted 45-12 passing House Bill 183 and approving concealed carry in Illinois.

“This negotiated, well-rounded program allows citizens to legally carry a firearm,” Haine said. “This plan reinforces a law-abiding citizen’s right to self defense.”

“This legislation has been a long time coming.”

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HaineFloorShot10SPRINGFIELD, IL – Adults with disabilities who receive home-care are closer to having new safeguards against personal abuse and financial exploitation. The Senate passed the Adult Protective Services Act, House Bill 948, with bipartisan support Thursday.

“This gives an often marginalized, at-risk population new defenses against abuse and exploitation,” State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton), the proposal’s sponsor said. “We have an obligation to protect those who cannot protect themselves.”

The act integrates the current domestic care investigative program and the program for long-term care facilities under the Department on Aging. This consolidation removes separations between the agencies and streamlines future investigations.

This legislation also creates a 24 hour-a-day hotline, allowing people to report cases of abuse and trigger investigations.

Under this proposal, any caregivers who have abused, neglected or financially exploited a patient will be disclosed on the centralized caregiver registry.

The Adult Protective Services Act passed the House in April—sponsored by Representative Greg Harris (D-Chicago)—and returns for a vote of concurrence.

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HaineFloorShot9SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Senate passed medical marijuana by a 35-21 vote, Friday.

House Bill 1, The Medical Cannabis Pilot Program, creates a four-year pilot program allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana as a legal alternative to pharmaceuticals for qualified patients with chronic diseases.

State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) is the proposal’s sponsor in the Senate.

“I am glad my colleagues understand that this program alleviates suffering and provides strong safeguards against abuse,” Haine said. “Patients afflicted by the most unbearable conditions will soon have a compassionate answer to their cries for help.”
 
House Bill 1 restricts the use of marijuana in the presence of minors, in vehicles and in public, especially near school grounds. The program requires a doctor’s written certification, registered patient photo identification cards and an electronic verification system.

This proposal passed the House April 17, sponsored by Representative Lou Lang (D-Skokie).

House Bill 1 now goes to the governor for approval.

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HaineFloorShot8SPRINGFIELD, IL – Major Gen. Randal Thomas was unanimously elected chairman of Southern Illinois University’s Board of Trustees on Thursday during the board’s first full meeting since January.

Thomas and another appointee Shirley Portwood, recently approved by the Senate, filled two of the three vacancies left on the board since the beginning of the year.

“Congratulation to Maj. Gen. Thomas; under his leadership I am confident that board will guide these great institutions into a renewed period of growth,” State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) said.

“His unanimous election shows that the board is united in their mission to promote all of Southern University’s outstanding campuses.”

One board seat is still vacant and awaits an appointee.

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