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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.
A balanced budget that passed with wide, bipartisan support in both chambers of the General Assembly is on its way to Governor Bruce Rauner. Following its 97-18 passage in the Illinois House on Thursday, State Representative Chad Hays (R-Catlin) issued the following statement:

“It was a pleasure to vote in favor of a budget package that was balanced, included no new taxes, and which was crafted through true and honest bipartisanship. Since this was the final budget vote I will ever take in the Illinois General Assembly, I am incredibly proud it was on legislation created through cooperation and respectful compromise.”

“As I conclude the final months of my service in the House of Representatives, my hope moving forward is that the remaining and new members look at this year’s budget process as an example of the positive results that can be achieved when politics and partisanship are set aside. Much hard work remains, and perhaps the bipartisanship shown here today can serve as a springboard toward future cooperative efforts that will really improve Illinois’ economy, grow jobs, and ultimately place our state on solid financial footing.”

On Wednesday, students from across the state who participate in 4-H programs visited the State Capitol to visit with lawmakers and discuss the importance and benefits of 4-H. Rep. Hays is shown here with a local group from Vermilion County.
State Representative Chad Hays (R-Catlin) has passed legislation in the Illinois House that will help individuals living in poverty successfully transition to become self-sufficient members of their community through job skills and healthy family programs.

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. The programs would be privately funded 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.

“Becoming financially stable is extremely difficult when those seeking job skills training face harsh eligibility cliffs and are forced out of programs before stability and self-sufficiency are truly achieved,” said Hays. “By allowing for a 36-month income disregard, program participants can 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. An additional benefit is there is no impact on the state budget for these programs; they are entirely funded by community-based non-profits. I applaud Carle Foundation Hospital for the work they do in this area, and expect the provisions of this bill will increase their success rates.”

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.

“Just as Carle leaders from multiple areas joined forces to support people in our community, Illinois lawmakers from both parties partnered to move this legislation to the governor's desk,” said Carle President and CEO James C. Leonard, MD. “It is truly life-changing when so many people pool their time and talent to improve how the system works today so our friends and neighbors can become not only self-sufficient but successful both at work and at home.”

SB 3232 was approved by the Senate in April and will now be sent to Governor Bruce Rauner for final action.