Haine Gift of Life Award GroupEDWARDSVILLE - Senator William Haine (D-Alton) was honored today with a Gift of Life Award by Mid-America Transplant Services for his legislation to improve the organ and tissue transplant process in Metro East.

Haine was the sponsor of House Bill 4120, legislation to improve the tissue and organ donation process in Illinois and save lives. The legislation, which passed both houses of the legislature without a single no vote and was signed into law, enables a better process for tissue and organ donors by allowing donations to occur at a state-of-the-art facility in St. Louis.

“This legislation will fix a technical problem in Illinois law that prevents a funeral director from transporting a dead body across state lines for tissue or organ donation,” said Diane Brockmeier, Mid-America’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “Senator Haine is receiving this award because he is truly committed to helping those needing transplants and we are happy that Governor Rauner signed this life saving legislation.”

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041415CM0924SPRINGFIELD – Outraged at the spate of heinous killings of police and fatal mass shootings in places such as churches, Illinois Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) announced Thursday he intends to file legislation to restore the death penalty in limited cases involving the most evil of crimes.


“As a former State’s Attorney, I understand the complexities of seeking the death penalty for individuals who have committed heinous crimes,” said Haine. “I have been shocked and appalled by the recent killings we have seen in churches and of police officers. The reality is there are some crimes in which the death penalty should be an option for a jury of our citizens to consider. Those who take the life of officers, or engage in mass killings, need to face the appropriate consequences.”

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Burn Victims Relief Act signed into lawSPRINGFIELD – On Monday, Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law a measure offering relief to fatally injured burn victims by cutting the red tape to qualify for disability benefits.

The act, also called the George Bailey Memorial Program, provides that burn victims who doctors expect to live for less than 18 months will immediately receive the five months’ pay they would have received from Social Security had there not been a mandatory five-month waiting period.

“When people suffer traumatic and fatal injuries they should not be denied the funds they would have received under better circumstances. This measure offers relief to individuals and their families in a time of hardship,” said Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton).

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080415CM0699SPRINGFIELD – The governor signed into law on Wednesday a measure co-sponsored by State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) to create a law that requires cameras must be turned on at all times when law enforcement officers are responding to calls for service and engaged in law-enforcement related activities.

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