ALTON — Funeral services for state Sen. Bill Haine were held Saturday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alton and St. Patrick’s Cemetery.
Haine, 77, died Aug. 16. Most recently with the Illinois State Board of Elections, he had held several offices during a public service career of more than 40 years: Madison County Board, Madison County Transit District Board, Madison County State’s Attorney and the Illinois Senate.
He and his wife, Anna, recently marked their 50th wedding anniversary. She survives, along with seven children, 38 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Haine received a bachelor’s degree from Saint Louis University before enlisting in the Army where he served with the 1st Air Cavalry Division and earned a Bronze Star for Meritorious Service in Combat Operations. His first political campaign came while he was still in the Army in Vietnam when he unsucessfully ran for an Alton City Council seat.
After military service he returned to Saint Louis University and earned a law degree. His legal career began as a clerk for Fifth District Appellate Court Judge George Moran. He then became an assistant public defender in Madison County and began private practice with Randy Bono in Wood River.
He was a Madison County Board Member from 1978 to 1988. He was elected Madison County State’s Attorney and served in that post for 14 years. He also chaired the Madison County Transit District Board.
He was appointed to the Illinois Senate after the retirement of Evelyn Bowles and served there for 16 years, retiring in 2018. He was later appointed to the Illinois State Board of Elections and was serving in that post at the time of his death.
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August 23, 2021 at 11:58AM