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052614 js 0094CHICAGO – Professionals in Illinois who break the rules of their licenses could face steeper penalties thanks to a new state law pushed by State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton).

A new law signed Monday by the governor gives regulators more flexibility when disciplining severe breaches of professional conduct.

"We need to hold professionals in Illinois to higher standards. This law is about accountability for egregious actions," Haine said.

Haine sponsored the plan following a court case where a doctor was only given a 6-month suspension after having sex with and giving alcohol and marijuana to a 20-year-old patient.

In the court case Kafin v. IDFPR, the court overturned an Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation attempt to strip the doctor's license. Haine's plan strengthens the department's ability to enforce its existing rules.

The department handles professional certification and licensing. It regulates jobs ranging from locksmiths to barbers and doctors to pawnshop managers.

The new law –Senate Bill 232 – takes effect Jan 1.

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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sec-camSPRINGFIELD – Video cameras and motion sensors have been added to the list of illegal booby traps under a new law sponsored by State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) that was signed by the governor on Friday.

Haine pushed for the proposal – HB 4269 – in the Senate to update the existing law that targets drug dealers who fortify buildings against law enforcement.

“This law will help police investigations and potentially save lives. If drug dealers set up cameras or motion sensors warning them when the police are coming, it gives them a chance to escape, destroy evidence or worse,” Haine said.

Haine worked with State Rep. Jerry Costello (D-Smithton) to get the proposal through the General Assembly and to the governor’s desk.

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.

The new legal provisions take effect Jan. 1.

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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