SPRINGFIELD - State Senator Bill Haine welcomed the Marquette High School boy’s soccer team to the Capitol. He congratulated them on their state title. The Senate joined him in honoring the team’s first Class 1A State Championship, March 20.


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HaineFloorShot3SPRINGFIELD, IL – Governor Pat Quinn’s proposed state budget calls for eliminating all state funding for the pharmacy school at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, a $1.2 million cut that State Senator Bill Haine (D–Alton) said is unacceptable.

“The governor’s cuts to Southern’s pharmacy school are shocking. I understand the need to scale back but sometimes you just have to stop and wonder what the governor is doing.  It is hard to believe that Governor Quinn really wants to eliminate our pharmacy school. This truly is a hard pill to swallow,” Haine said.

These cuts are in addition to an overall decrease in SIUE’s state funding. Haine said Illinois is not honoring its commitments to higher education and says he will work to remedy the cuts.

“I just hope that he’s not trying to use these cuts to send some kind of political message. The pharmacy school is providing great value to taxpayers and is a shining success for the Edwardsville campus. We should be finding ways to expand—not eliminate—support for such vital programs.”

The pharmacy school at Edwardsville was founded in 2005 as a result of a bipartisan effort led by retired senator and pharmacist Frank Watson (R-Greenville). It is the only pharmacy school in the state outside of the Chicago area.

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HaineFloorShot2SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois State Senator Bill Haine (D–Alton) is the new chair of the Senate’s Democratic Downstate Caucus. The caucus is a group of 11 senators from downstate districts who meet regularly to discuss policy positions and issues affecting their districts as well as coordinate their votes.

“I am honored to be chosen by my colleagues to lead our caucus,” Haine said. “We each have unique perspectives to offer—representing large portions of the state—but we share many viewpoints on many important social and fiscal issues. When we downstate Democrats work together we can represent our constituents better than when we work by ourselves.”

The 11 downstate Democrats make up 27.5 percent of the overall Democratic caucus. Other formal caucuses within the Democrats are the Black, Latino and DuPage County caucuses.

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hainehsv1SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois State Senator Bill Haine (D–Alton) introduced legislation Thursday that would reconstitute Southern Illinois University’s board of trustees. Senate Bill 2406, as introduced, would create new rules affecting the makeup of the board that oversees the SIU’s Carbondale and Edwardsville campuses.

The current board is made up of eight voting members: seven appointed by the governor and one student selected by the student body. There is one additional non-voting student representative.

The new bill would require that, of the seven gubernatorial appointed board members, three of the appointees must be graduates of SIU Carbondale and three must be graduates of SIU Edwardsville. Senate Bill 2406 would also extend voting privileges to the second student representative.

The rule requiring the board to be balanced between alumni from the two campuses is based on a prior informal practice. The new bill would formalize the process and insure that each campus have equal representation.

“These two great campuses deserve to have an equal say in their governance,” Haine said. “A geographical balance on the board of trustees has been generally accepted by past administrations. This bill simply codifies that balance.”

If SB 2406 is passed by both chambers and signed by the governor, then all current trustees would need to be reappointed. The bill is currently awaiting assignment to a Senate committee.

Full text of the bill available:

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