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The fisherman speaks

Friday, Feb 14, 2014

* Fox Chicago talked to Travis Loyd, who resigned last week after reporters started asking the state why he was at fishing tournaments while on medical leave from the Department of Natural Resources

Loyd, who resigned as deputy DNR director last Thursday, recalls very clearly the conversation with his doctor last spring where she told him he needed to find a way to reduce his stress.

“She said I want to know where a happy place is for you. and I said, well there’s no happier place for me, and anybody who would know me, would know this, I love to fish, its been a lifelong passion,” Loyd said.

So his physician, Doctor Tricia Warner, recommended that Loyd take some time off, and keep fishing. Loyd said the doctor had just informed him that a chronic hereditary illness had flared up, and could be life threatening.

“There was possible organ loss that could take place. very scary consultation, scared me to death, to be quite frankly,” Loyd said.

His doctor notified the DNR, and agency officials approved his medical leave. […]

“I’ve had great loss, I’ve lost sponsors, I’ve lost my job, and its all simply put, I followed the rules,” Loyd said. […]

Loyd said his doctors orders, approved by the DNR, should outweigh the prohibition against holding a job while on medical leave..

“While it might be weird that a doctor would prescribe me to go to a stress free zone, and as it be, its’ fishing for me, they cant say I didn’t list my dual employment. They can’t say I didn’t file for family medical leave act, and they can’t say they didn’t approve it. It was all there,” Loyd said.

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