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This morning State Representative Chad Hays (R-Catlin) sat down with radio host Linda Bolten of WDAN to record a final "Newsmaker" segment as an Illinois lawmaker. He talked about the accomplishments and challenges during his tenure in the House of Representatives and about his next chapter, which begins when he officially steps down from his House seat on September 7 to become the Executive Director of Crosspoint Human Services in Danville.

Click here to listen to the full interview.
Individuals living in poverty will soon have greater opportunities to successfully transition to self-sufficiency due to legislation sponsored by State Representative Chad Hays (R-Catlin) that was signed into law on Friday.

SB 3232 creates a five-year program within the Department of Human Services (DHS) to provide an intensive workforce training program and a multi-generational healthy family initiative. Rather than being funded with taxpayer dollars, the programs rely solely on private funding through not-for-profit organizations. Key to the programs’ success is a provision that allows newly gained income to be disregarded for purposes of program eligibility, so that participants can make real, sustained progress toward self-sufficiency without fear of having to leave their program too soon.

“Eligibility requirements for state assistance are rigid, and we’ve seen time and time again instances where those truly seeking a better life for themselves and their family are forced out of programs before stability and self-sufficiency are achieved at sustainable levels,” said Hays. “The 36-month income disregard included in this new law allows program participants to focus on gaining valuable workforce and parenting skills that will help them move forward without having to contend with a sudden loss of services if they exceed income eligibility levels.”

According to Hays, the idea for the legislation was brought forward by Champaign-Urbana’s Carle Foundation Hospital, which currently operates two programs that assist low-income individuals with gaining self-sufficiency. The Job Readiness and Learning Program prepares people for full-time employment through a combination of classroom ad on-the-job training for difficult to place entry-level workers within the Carle system, and the Health Beginnings program is a free, Nurse Family Partnership program for pregnant women at or below the poverty level. “The work Carle Foundation Hospital does in this area is commendable, and I fully expect this new law will increase their success rates. This was the final bill I passed as an Illinois lawmaker, and I am extremely proud that my final bill has the potential to promote real meaningful change in the lives of struggling Illinoisans who are working toward a better life.”

Upon hearing of the bill’s passage, Carle President and CEO James C. Leonard, MD said, “It is truly life-changing when so many people pool their time and talent to improve how the system works so our friends and neighbors can become not only self-sufficient but successful both at work and at home.”
State Representative Chad Hays (R-Catlin) announced today that over $83,000 in Small Equipment Grants are headed toward fire protection districts in the 104th District. The grants are being distributed through Illinois’ Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM).

According to Hays, more than 100 departments statewide are taking a share of $2.2 million in grant funds. “These grants provide much-needed funding to help our fire districts purchase or replace necessary equipment,” said Hays. “The money headed to the 104th District will certainly be put to good use as our firemen and women work to keep our communities safe.”

Grant awards in the 104th District include:
  • Gifford Fire Protection District: $12,670.00 for seven sets of turnout coats and pants 
  • Rantoul Fire Protection District: $21,010.94 for one gear washer and two gear dryers 
  • Georgetown Fire Protection District: $24,691.20 for 24 hand-held radios with speakers 
  • Ridge Farm Fire District: $24,636.00 for 12 sets of bunker gear (pants and coats) 
The OFSM Small Equipment Grant Program was established to provide grants up to $26,000 for the purchase of small firefighting and ambulance equipment at fire departments and not-for-profit ambulance services across Illinois.

“This program provides an innovative approach to a problem that has long-caused difficulties for fire departments and ambulance service providers in our area,” Hays said. “These critical service providers traditionally have a difficult time generating the funds needed for purchasing small equipment that is necessary for the job, and I appreciate the State Fire Marshall’s recognition of this fact and the office’s willingness to offer these grants.”
On June 26, Rep. Chad Hays sat down with local radio host Linda Bolton to talk about his decision to retire from public service in the General Assembly, and his next chapter, when he assumes the role of Executive Director of Crosspoint Human Services in Danville.

Click here to listen to the interview on Bolton's Newsmaker show.
State Representative Chad Hays (R-Catlin) announced today that he will be stepping down from his seat in the Illinois House of Representatives early so he can take a job in the private sector.

Hays, who has served in the General Assembly since December of 2010 and as Assistant Minority Leader since 2013, said he will leave his post in late August or early September, to become the Executive Director of Crosspoint Human Services in Danville. “While my service in the Illinois General Assembly has been the honor of a lifetime and a tremendous privilege, I have decided the timing is right to return to the private sector where my background and expertise in healthcare administration can be put to good use,” said Hays. “I look forward to this next chapter, but will always look back fondly on my time as the legislative voice of the 104th District.”

Prior to taking his seat in in the Illinois House, Hays served as the Vice President of Provena United Samaritan Medical Center in Danville, as the administrator for the Family Medical Center in Paris, and as the Director of Planning & Development at the Danville Polyclinic. Hays also served as the Mayor of his hometown of Catlin for two terms and as a member of the Board of Directors for many community based organizations including Danville Area Economic Development Corporation (Vermilion Advantage), Danville Rotary Club, and the Vermilion Area Community Health Center.

During his tenure in the General Assembly, Hays has been a leader in supporting job creation and economic growth, not just in Central Illinois, but across the state. As Assistant Minority Leader under House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs), Hays has also had a key role in helping to set the Republican agenda for each session year. Since 2015, Hays has also served on the powerful House Executive Committee, which considers the State’s most important and often contentious bills. Hays is known for his unrelenting advocacy on behalf of the East Central Illinois region and his no-nonsense approach to problem solving.

While Hays has passed dozens of bills during his time in the General Assembly, he points to landmark insurance network adequacy legislation from last year as one of his greatest achievements as a lawmaker. Hays was the leading Republican sponsor of Public Act 100-0502, which offers significant protections and remedies for Illinoisans who rely on increasingly-narrow preferred provider networks for their health insurance.

Hays said the details for his transition back to the private sector are being finalized, and he anticipates leaving the General Assembly in early September.
State Representative Chad Hays (R-Catlin) announced today that more than $104 million of an $11.05 billion statewide road and bridge improvement program will be spent on projects in the 104th Legislative House District. The projects were announced recently as part of the Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) six-year Proposed Highway Improvement Program for Fiscal Years 2019-2024.

“These road and bridge repair projects will go far in improving the state of our roads in and around the 104th District,” said Hays. “I am thrilled to see such a large financial commitment from IDOT to update our infrastructure over the next six years. Keeping our roads and bridges in good condition not only provides safety to our residents, but it also provides an economic boost by providing good-paying road construction jobs to local workers.”

District 104 projects included in IDOTs six-year program include:
  • $10,600,000 for resurfacing on I-57 from two miles south of Thomasboro to US 136 in Rantoul 
  • $1,652,000 for bridge deck overlay and repairs on I-74 from University Avenue to two miles east of the St. Joseph interchange in Urbana 
  • $9,320,000 for resurfacing, guardrail work, bridge deck repairs and ramp repair on I-74 from two miles east of the St. Joseph interchange to IL 49 in Champaign and Vermilion Counties 
  • $23,000,000 for reconstruction on I-74 from US 150 west of Danville to the Vermilion River in Danville 
  • $5,080,000 for bridge deck repairs on I-74 from US 150 west of Danville to the Vermilion River in Danville 
  • $18,736,000 for engineering and bridge rehabilitation on I-74 at the Salt Fork of the Vermilion River west of Danville 
  • $5,300,000 for engineering and bridge replacement on I-74 at Tilton Road in Tilton 
  • $9,649,000 for resurfacing, underdrains and ramp repair on I-74 from the middle fork of the Vermilion River in Danville to the Indiana state line 
  • $4,300,000 for bridge replacement on I-74 at Perrysville Road in Danville 
  • $6,000,000 for bridge replacement and bridge deck repairs on I-74 at Griffin Street and Stony Creek in Danville 
  • $1,636,000 for bridge deck overlay on I-74 at the Lynch Road interchange 
  • $3,491,000 for resurfacing and ADA improvements on US 45 (Neil Street) from Springfield Avenue in Champaign to Curtis Road in Savoy 
  • $3,461,000 for resurfacing and ADA improvements on US 150/IL 1 from Ridge Farm to US 36 in Vermilion and Edgar Counties 
  • $800,000 for resurfacing and ADA improvements on IL 1/US 136 from just north of Liberty Lane to Winter Avenue in Danville 
  • $1,380,000 for resurfacing on Leverett Road from Market Street to US 45 in Champaign/Urbana 
Based on current funding levels, the FY 2019-2024 Proposed Highway Improvement Program aims to improve a total of 1,945 miles of road and 525 bridges maintained by the State. The multi-year program also includes funding for upgrades to more than 750 miles of local roads and 922,933 square feet of local bridges.

Upon announcing the statewide infrastructure plan, Governor Bruce Rauner said, “Illinois is a transportation hub for the nation, facilitating commerce from coast to coast. By investing in that infrastructure and regularly repairing and upgrading our roads, we preserve a vital resource that brings jobs and economic opportunity to our state, and ensures roads are safe for Illinois families.”
Today in Springfield, Rep. Chad Hays voted in support of a $38.5 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2019. The budget is balanced and was created through a bipartisan effort. The budget was approved in a 97-18 vote.