helenhawkinsSPRINGFIELD—Each year, the Illinois Department of Aging recognizes a few select seniors for their outstanding dedication and service to the community by inducting them into the Senior Illinoisans Hall of Fame. This year, thanks to a nomination submitted by State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton), longtime Madison County resident Helen Hawkins will be one of the inductees.

“Helen Hawkins has always been an outstanding citizen and consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty,” Haine said. “While she has been committed to our area for several decades, her work serving the communities in the American Bottoms during the chronic flooding has been especially exemplary and we will forever be thankful for her service.”

Hawkins has served the Madison County area for four decades in a variety of roles, including township clerk, the Metro East Sanitary and Levy District and currently as a member of the Madison County Board.

Among her most notable achievements was opposing the profit-seeking, irresponsible developers who placed lives and properties at risk with ill-advised developments in the American Bottoms area.

Hawkins will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at an awards ceremony at 9 a.m. Feb. 7 in the county board room at the Madison County Administrative Building, 157 N. Main Street, Edwardsville.

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120116CM0753SPRINGFIELD— The Illinois Senate voted 42-13 to override the governor’s veto of Senate Bill 1905, a proposal which prevents local governments from creating so-called right-to-work zones. State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) supported the proposal.

Studies show that compared to states with free bargaining, on average workers in right-to-work states earn $6,109 less and are 49 percent more likely to die due to unsafe conditions at the workplace.

“The facts are clear: right-to-work policies do nothing but reduce workers’ wages and make workplaces more dangerous,” Haine said. “The governor’s veto was yet another attempt to decrease wages for working families and ensure higher profits for his wealthy friends.”

The proposal will now head to the Illinois House of Representatives.

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Sen. William R. HaineSPRINGFIELD – Metro East school districts will see an increase in state aid thanks to a school funding compromise that passed in the Illinois Senate today. Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) voted for the measure, which now goes to the governor for approval.

“For years, Illinois has had the least equitable school funding system in the nation,” Haine said. “Today’s vote in the Senate brings us one step closer to replacing a broken formula with one that would ensure all Metro East schools get the funding they need to provide a quality education to their students. I urge the governor to sign this historic overhaul of our school funding system.”

Senate Bill 1947 creates an evidence-based school funding model that accounts for factors such as number of students with disabilities, English language learners and low-income students when determining a school’s adequacy level and how much funding is needed to reach adequacy. Several local school districts are expected to see seven-figure bumps in funding under SB 1947.

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Sen. Bill Haine and Patriot Guard Rider Fred SmithSPRINGFIELD – State Sen. Bill Haine (D-Alton) honored Patriot Guard Rider and Alton resident Fred Smith today by placing Smith’s pin on his Patriot Guard Rider vest.

Smith has been a member of the Patriot Guard, an organization whose members are dedicated to attending the funeral services of fallen American heroes and ensuring services aren’t disrupted by protesters, for more than 15 years. Smith received his honorary pin after serving on 504 missions with the Patriot Guard.

“The Patriot Guard Riders are dedicated individuals who are committed to honoring our fallen heroes and the sacrifices they made,” Haine said. “For years, Fred Smith has been a devoted member of the Patriot Guard, and I was honored to place his Patriot Guard Rider pin on his vest.”

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