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Students from Marquette Catholic High School’s Advanced Placement U.S. Government and Politics class met and spoke with State Senator Bill Haine during their visit to Springfield on Monday.
ALTON - State Senator William Haine (D - Alton) recently sat down to discuss the history of Alton in the struggle for equality & civil rights. Please take a moment to view this video of Senator Haine in honor of Black History Month.
ALTON – State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) joined students, faculty, staff, guests and other elected officials to dedicate the new $9.5 million lab space for Southern Illinois University’s School of Dental Medicine in Alton on Monday.
The 18,000-square-foot John and Anna Markarian Multidisciplinary Simulation Laboratory offers students and instructors the ability to simulate procedures and gain practical experience before practicing in a clinical setting.
“The School of Dental Medicine is unique and vital part of SIU and Illinois. It is spectacular to see the school’s dedication to new technology and the state’s dedication to investing in our universities and professional colleges,” Haine said. “This lab is the latest addition to outstanding new facilities in the SIU system and in the Metro East—following the dedication of SIUE’s $52 million science building last month.”
The lab will house most of the classes for 100 pre-doctoral students and contains 60 simulation units, X-ray facilities and spaces for creating ceramic dental restorations.
John and the late Anna Markarian—for whom the building is named—are the parents of three successful dental school alumni who contributed financial gifts to the project.
“This addition to the School of Dental Medicine is not only a commitment to the University, but also a commitment to Southern Illinois,” SIU President Glenn Poshard said.
Construction of the lab began in October 2012. SIU received $4.1 million for the project from the state. Haine and Representative Dan Beiser (D-Alton) helped secure the funding as part of the state’s construction program in 2009.
“This will provide our students with all the tools, technology and confidence they need to offer the best possible care for patients,” SIUE Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe said.
“There is a special blending of the old and the new: a state-of-the-art dental facility at one of the most venerable and oldest college campuses in the Midwest, Shurtleff College, where the dental school resides,” Haine said.
PHOTO ATTACHED: Haine, university officials and other guests pose as dental student Erin Syzdek cuts the ribbon for the $9.5 million lab.
From left: Deputy General Counsel for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Allen Mayer, Alton Mayor Brant Walker, Representative Jay Hoffman (D-Belleville), Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton), SIUE Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe, Syzdek, John Markarian (partially hidden), Randall Markarian, dental school dean Bruce Rotter, SIU President Glenn Poshard, Ronald Markarian and John Markarian. (SIUE Marketing & Communications/Howard Ash)
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Drug Enforcement Officers Association honored State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) with an award for his work to help undercover police Tuesday.
“I have always had an immense respect for the work of our law enforcement officers, especially those who work undercover,” Haine said. “They deliberately put themselves in dangerous, high-risk situations to make our communities safer. It is the least we can do to try and reduce the risk as much as possible.”
Representatives from the Illinois State Police and the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police presented the award for Haine’s efforts passing a law that frees police from having to wear a recording device while running an undercover sting operation.
“Undoubtedly, this law has already and—in the future—will save the life of an undercover police officer. We have an outstanding relationship working with Senator Haine,” said Laimutis Nargelenas, a representative of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police.
Haine has previously been awarded: Public Official of the Year by the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, Legislator of the Year by the Illinois State’s Attorneys Association as a state senator. Haine was also awarded Prosecutor of the Year by the St. Louis Metropolitan Major Case Squad Officers as Madison County State’s Attorney.
CAPTION: Lt. Col Terry Lemming of the Illinois State Police and President of the Illinois Drug Enforcement Officers Association presented State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) an award for his work with undercover police regulation.