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Chad D. Hays

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Chad D. Hays
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Illinois House of Representatives District 104
In office
January 12, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 14, 2015
Years in position 4
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$111/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Mayor of Catlin, IL
High schoolCatlin High School (1981)
Bachelor'sSouthern Illinois University at Carbondale (1986)
ProfessionDirector of Planning and Development, Danville Polyclinic
Office website
Campaign website
Chad D. Hays is a Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing District 104. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Hays served on the following committees:

Illinois Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations-Human Services
Health Care Availability Access
Higher Education
Small Business Empowerment & Workforce Development
Transportation: Regulation, Roads & Bridges


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Hays served on the following committees:


Campaign themes


Hays's campaign website lists the following issues:[1]

  • Serious About Balancing the Budget
Excerpt: "As a fiscal conservative, Chad favors zero-based budgeting that demands budgetary integrity, accountability and measurable results. The era of governmental spending without the scrutiny that every Illinois family and business requires of themselves is over."
  • Making Illinois Work
Excerpt: "Supports long overdue tax incentives and reforms that will finally allow our State to be competitive with Indiana. Far too many of our workers have left the area and their loved ones behind as Illinois continues to export good jobs while struggling to attract new investment."
  • Education is Our Future
Excerpt: "Passionate about an educated citizenry that is ready for the jobs of the future. Defends local control, and will be an articulate, enthusiastic supporter of our schools, DACC and Lincoln’s Challenge."
  • Strong Advocate for Agriculture
Excerpt: "Open and fair markets will define our economic recovery. Investment in research insures that world class east central Illinois producers will continue to prosper."
  • Strongly supports the 2nd Amendment and favors conceal and carry legislation



See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2012

Hays won re-election in the 2012 election for Illinois House of Representatives District 104. Hays was unopposed in the March 20 Republican primary and defeated Michael Langendorf (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3][4]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 104, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChad D. Hays Incumbent 63.5% 26,479
     Democratic Michael Langendorf 36.5% 15,240
Total Votes 41,719


Hays's campaign website lists the following endorsements:[5]

  • Illinois Chamber of Commerce
  • Illinois Statewide School Management Alliance – Alliance PAC
  • National Federation of Independent Businesses – Illinois (NFIB-Illinois)
  • McLean County Chamber of Commerce
  • Illinois Farm Bureau


Hays defeated Democrat Michael Puhr in the state's November 2, 2010 general election.[6]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 104 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Chad D. Hays (R) 20,452 68.25%
Michael Puhr (D) 9,513 31.75%

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Hays collected $151,678 in campaign contributions. The largest contributors are listed below:[7]


Illinois Opportunity Project

See also: Illinois Opportunity Project's Legislative Vote Card

The Illinois Opportunity Project, "an independent research and public policy enterprise that promotes legislative solutions in advance of free markets and free minds," annually releases its Legislative Vote Card, grading all members in both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly on the basis of their support of "pro-growth economic policies that increase personal freedom and reign in expansive government."[8][9]


Hays received a score of 75.00 out of 100 in 2012 for a grade of B- according to the IOP’s grading scale. His score was tied for the 12th highest among all 120 members of the Illinois House of Representatives included in the Vote Card.[9]

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Political offices
Preceded by
William B. Black (R)
Illinois House of Representatives District 104
Succeeded by