Chad Hays is a Vermilion County native who grew up in Catlin, Illinois. He graduated from Catlin High School (1981), Danville Area Community College (1983) and Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (1986).

Hays served as Mayor of Catlin for two terms from 1991 – 1999. During his tenure as Mayor, Hays balanced eight consecutive budgets. He chaired the Catlin Recreation Complex committee initiative that won the Governor’s Hometown Award for Excellence Through Volunteerism in 2003.

He chaired the Vermilion County Mayor’s Council and was a member of the Board of Directors for many community based organizations including Danville Area Economic Development Corporation (Vermilion Advantage), Danville Rotary Club (President in 2005-2006), and the Vermilion Area Community Health Center.

He was most recently Vice President of Development & Mission Services at Provena United Samaritans Medical Center. In this capacity, he ran the Provena United Samaritans Foundation and is the organization’s chief fundraising officer, raising over $16 million for the local hospital and it’s outreach efforts. As a member of the Senior Management team, Hays helped to implement over $12 million in cost savings and performance improvement initiatives in 2009 alone.

Hays and his wife Ruth reside in Catlin. They have three children and one grandchild.