Former Sen. Bill Haine passed away early Monday morning

Former Madison County State’s Attorney and Illinois State Sen. Bill Haine passed away early Monday morning. 

Haine, a Democrat, was elected in 2002 as senator of Illinois’ 56th District, which includes the Alton area. He completed his last term in 2018 and chose not to run for re-election after he was diagnosed with blood cancer. 

He served on the Criminal Law Committee, Judiciary Committee, Licensed Activities and Pensions Committee, Veterans Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Special Issues and Committee of the Whole. 

Haine’s son, Tom Haine, is the current Madison County State’s Attorney. Tom Haine, a Republican, was elected State’s Attorney last year. 

Prior to Tom Haine’s election, Bill and his wife Anna Haine penned a letter saying they were being attacked by the Democratic Party over their son’s campaign.

“Some of our fellow Democrats seem to think that Bill’s long public career in elective office was simply a gift of the Democratic Party,” they wrote. “Apparently, they believe that the 40 years Bill spent serving the people of Madison County and the 56th Illinois Senate District in public office was not enough to earn the votes of Democrats. We strongly believe most voters would disagree.” 

Bill Haine was born Aug. 8, 1944, in Alton. He earned his bachelor’s degree from St. Louis University in 1967 and his juris doctorate from St. Louis University School of Law in 1974. 

Following law school, Haine worked at the law firm of Bono and Haine in Wood River from 1978 to 1988. During that time, Haine served on the Madison County Board in 1978 and again from 1982-1986. He served on the Metro-East Transit District Board of Trustees from 1981-1988.

Haine was elected Madison County State’s Attorney in 1988 and served there until he became a senator in 2002. 

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Prior to his law and political career, Haine served in one tour of duty in Vietnam with the U.S. Army from 1967-1969. 

Haine was also a member of civic organizations including the Alton Cemetery Board of Trustees, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Knights of Columbus, the Saint Anthony Hospital Health Center Board and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He is a former commander of American Legion Post 204. 

Bill and Anna Haine have seven children. They recently celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary on Aug. 7 with a public mass at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. 


via Madison – St. Clair Record

August 16, 2021 at 01:05PM

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