Representative Chad Hays Chosen to Serve on Statewide 9-1-1 Advisory Board

After championing legislation this year to ensure reliable 9-1-1 service throughout Illinois, State Representative Chad Hays (R-Catlin) has been chosen to serve on a statewide 9-1-1 Advisory Board.

Hays will serve as one of 11 voting members who will join other non-voting members on the board, which will fall under the guidance of the Illinois State Police. As a group, the board members will advise the Department of State Police and the Statewide 9-1-1 Administrator on the oversight of 9-1-1 systems and the development and implementation of a uniform statewide 9-1-1 system, and make recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly regarding improvements to 9-1-1 services throughout the State. The board must also submit to the General Assembly a report by March 1 of each year which provides an update on the transition to a statewide 9-1-1 system and recommends any legislative action to assist with the transition.

“When an Illinoisan dials 9-1-1 they deserve to know for a fact that their call will be connected immediately to a call center that can send appropriate emergency personnel to their location,” said Hays. “It’s a matter of public health and safety, and I take my service on this board very seriously.”

According to Hays, land line telephone bills include a line item that used to fully cover the costs associated with community 9-1-1 service, but with the transition to cell phones, many communities have been forced to dip into their own budgets to supplement costs for 9-1-1 service. “The legislation we passed in the General Assembly this year begins the process of making sure there are no gaps in 9-1-1 service across the state,” Hays said. “With only 8% of Illinois households still relying solely on land line telephone service, these updates are necessary and I look forward to having a voice in the conversation for how we can improve reliability and access.”

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