Rep. Hays Points to Disingenuous Nature of Higher Education Bill and says its “Just More Political Gamesmanship on the Part of Speaker Madigan”

State Representative Chad Hays (R-Catlin) reiterated his call for an end to the madness in Springfield yesterday, as House Democrats attempted to override a Rauner veto of gimmick legislation that promised funding for community colleges and MAP grants, but provided no actual funding. The override vote was two votes shy of the required 71 votes needed for a successful override. Hays issued the following statement in relation to the day’s activity:

"I'm one who said a long time ago that the doors of this Capitol Building should be physically locked until this entire budget situation is worked out," said state Rep. Chad Hays. R-Catlin. "To have a bill that funds a portion of higher education but not another portion is inherently unfair on its face.

"It's a pretty sad commentary on the process when you have a bill under consideration that has funding for your community colleges but not for your four-year universities. The answer to that is because the university presidents appropriately had a meeting on their own with the governor and it angered the Speaker (Democrat Michael Madigan) so he simply left them out of the bill. That's probably all you need to know about what kind of a political stand-off this is."