Alton State Senator Bill Haine has been appointed to a leadership role within the Democratic Party. Shortly after the inauguration ceremony to officially kick off the 98th General Assembly last week, Chicago Democrat John Cullerton named Haine the assistant majority whip. It is a position that originated two centuries ago in the United Kingdom's House of Commons.
The duty of the "whipper-in" during a fox hunt was to ensure the hounds stayed focused and organized during a fox hunt. Historically, the governiong party's whip acted as an enforcer to get party members to Parliament for a vote.
Haine says it is an honor to be given a role in leadership for the caucus, but maintains he will retain his independence at the State Capitol.