Alton legislator receives Gift of Life award

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(From left) Anna Haine, state Sen. William Haine and donor family representatives Evelyn Meyer and Lori

EDWARDSVILLE — State Sen. William Haine (D-Alton) was honored Monday with a Gift of Life Award by Mid-America Transplant Services for his legislation to improve the organ and tissue transplant process in the Metro East.

Haine was the sponsor of House Bill 4120, legislation to improve the tissue and organ donation process in Illinois and save lives. The legislation, which unanimously passed both houses of the Legislature and was signed into law, aims to improve the process for tissue and organ donors by allowing donations to occur at Mid-America Transplant Services’ facility in St. Louis.

“This legislation will fix a technical problem in Illinois law that prevents a funeral director from transporting a donor across state lines for tissue or organ donation,” said Diane Brockmeier, Mid-America Transplant Services’ executive vice president and chief operating officer. “Senator Haine is receiving this award because he is truly committed to helping those needing transplants, and we are happy that Governor Rauner signed this life-saving legislation.” Continue reading