William Haine

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William Haine
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Illinois State Senate District 56
In office
2002 - Present
Term ends
January 11, 2017
Years in position 13
Majority Caucus Whip
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$111/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sSt. Louis University (1967)
J.D.St. Louis University (1974)
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1967 – 1969
Date of birthAugust 8, 1944
Place of birthAlton, Illinois
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
William Haine is a Democratic member of the Illinois State Senate, representing District 56. He was first appointed to the chamber in 2002.

Haine earned his Bachelor's and his J.D. from Saint Louis University in 1967 and 1974, respectively.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Haine served on the following committees:

Illinois Committee Assignments, 2013
Committee of the Whole
Criminal Law
Insurance, Chairperson
Licensed Activities and Pensions


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Haine served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Haine served on these committees:[1]


Campaign themes


Haine's campaign website lists the following issues:[2]

  • Jobs & Economic Development
Excerpt: "Haine voted to extend the Illinois Enterprise Zone Program; a move widely supported by business groups. In the Metro East, eenterprise (sic) zones have helped spur major local investment and job creation..."
  • Fiscal Responsibility
Excerpt: "Senator Haine has voted to cut his own pay four years in a row and continues to refuse taxpayer funded per diem and travel reimbursements."
  • Public Safety
Excerpt: "Senator Haine has supported numerous anti-drug measures, including laws making it illegal for those on parole to purchase ingredients used to make methamphetamine and cracks down on parents who expose their children to meth production."
  • Our Universities
Excerpt: "Senator Haine has always supported SIU-E. He passed legislation creating the National Corn to Ethanol Research Center, and helped solve an issue of overcrowding by securing $79 million for a state of the art science lab and $4.1 million for a dentistry lab. Senator Haine supports other area colleges as well. He fought for over $16 million in capital construction dollars for upgrades and expansion at Lewis & Clark CC."

Gaming license

On December 1, 2010, the Illinois Senate voted 31-20 in favor of a plan that allows for five additional casinos and electronic gaming at horse track facilities, increasing the number of licenses for casinos in the state to 15.

Under the plan, new casinos would operate in Chicago, southern Cook County, Danville, Rockford and Waukegan.

"Is it a huge expansion? Yes, I'm not going to deny it. But we have a huge deficit in the state of Illinois, we have got huge problems in the state of Illinois, so you don't look at little things to fix it, you look at big things to fix it," said the bill's sponsor, Sen. Terry Link, D-Waukegan.

Lawmakers like Haine would prefer another way to increase revenue.

"It's not the best thing we could do. It's not good, but it's the only thing available for new * Revenue Committee, Illinois State Senate," said Sen. William Haine, D-Alton.[3]


In May 2011, Senator A.J. Wilhelmi sponsored House Bill 180, which would require protesters to move an extra 100 feet away from grieving families at funeral services.

Senators unanimously approved House Bill 180 to keep protesters at a distance of 300 feet away from the funeral site. Protesters are not permitted to engage in “disorderly conduct,” such as loud singing, playing music and chanting, 30 minutes before and after the funeral or memorial service.

“I think the 300 feet will...expand the zone slightly so that families who are grieving will be less disrupted and will have the ability to mourn the loss of their loved ones, without this bill failing in court,” said state Sen. A.J. Wilhelmi.

Wilhelmi added that the bill still protects freedom of speech.

Sen. William Haine, who co-sponsored the bill, said the legislation helps provide respect to military families.

“It is certainly within the interest of this state to establish peace and order at a funeral site,” said Haine.[4]



See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2012

Haine won re-election in the 2012 election for Illinois State Senate District 56. Haine was unopposed in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012 and defeated Mike Babcock (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6][7]

Illinois State Senate, District 56, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngWilliam Haine Incumbent 58.8% 55,614
     Republican Mike Babcock 41.2% 38,968
Total Votes 94,582


On November 4, 2008, Democrat William Haine won re-election to the Illinois State Senate District 56 receiving 82,672 votes.[8]

Illinois State Senate, District 56 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png William Haine (D) 82,672

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2008, Haine collected $314,969 in donations.[9]

Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Professional Independent Insurance Agents of Illinois $18,202
Illinois Education Association $13,250
Penn National Gaming $10,000
Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois $7,000
Illinois Realtors Associatoin $6,000
Conocophillips $5,700
AT&T $5,000
Illinois Hospital & Health Systems Association $5,000
Illinois Life Insurance Council $5,000
Thomad Q. Keefe Jr. P. C. $4,150
Illinois Insurance Association $4,000
Simmonscooper LLC $4,000
Allstate Insurance $4,000
Property Casualty Insurers Association $3,500
Illinois State Dental Society $3,500
Unicare Life & Health Insurance $3,500
Southern Illinois District Council of Carpenters $3,450
Illinois Credit Union League $3,400
Illinois Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors $3,250
Guarantee Trust Life Insurance Co. $3,000


Illinois Opportunity Project

See also: Illinois Opportunity Project's Legislative Vote Card

The Illinois Opportunity Project, "an independent research and public policy enterprise that promotes legislative solutions in advance of free markets and free minds," annually releases its Legislative Vote Card, grading all members in both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly on the basis of their support of "pro-growth economic policies that increase personal freedom and reign in expansive government."[10][11]


Haine received a score of 62.50 out of 100 in 2012 for a grade of C- according to the IOP’s grading scale. His score was tied for the 24th highest among all 59 members of the Illinois State Senate included in the Vote Card.[11]

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Haine and his wife, Anna, have seven children.

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