Representative Chad Hays Chosen as “Guardian of Small Business” by Independent Business Owners Group

In acknowledgement of votes taken in 2015-2016 that affect Illinois small businesses, State Representative Chad Hays (R-Catlin) has been named a “Guardian of Small Business” by the Illinois branch of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). Hays scored a perfect 100% in an NFIB review of his voting record.

Honorees were chosen based on their votes on 11 key bills during the 99th General Assembly. The bills included: HB 6162, SB 2964, HB 3887, HB 1285, SB 162, HB 1287, SB 2933, HB 4036, SB 11, HB 5576 and HJRCA 26. Lawmakers who received an 80% or higher rating received the award.

According to Kim Clark Maisch, State Director of NFIB/Illinois, Hays is a true champion of small business across Illinois. “Representative Hays’ 100% voting record on key small business issues demonstrates his strong commitment to our state's job creators,” she said. “Representative Hays has stood up time and again and fought for the rights of small businesses and their ability to keep their doors open in a state and isn't known for being friendly to business.”

Hays said it was an honor to be recognized for his voting record in support of Illinois’ small businesses. “The men and women who start and run small businesses are the primary job creators in Illinois,” said Hays. “These are the people who have the ability to put Illinoisans back to work, and as lawmakers we must support their efforts.”

NFIB/Illinois includes over 11,000 small business members from across the state. A link to a summary of the 11 key business bills and an overall tally and ranking of all Illinois State Representatives and Senators can be found at: http://www.nfib.com/pdfs/Illinois-Voting-Record.pdf.