* This is a huge blow to the Illinois House. Bipartisan, hard-working, tenacious and an all around good guy…
State Representative Chad Hays (R-Catlin) announced today that he will not seek reelection in 2018. He has served in the General Assembly since December of 2010 and as Assistant Minority Leader since 2013.
“Serving in the Illinois House of Representatives has been a supreme honor and a tremendous privilege,” said Hays. “I have been a passionate advocate for Vermilion and Champaign Counties and the East Central Illinois area, and sincerely appreciate the opportunity to temporarily occupy the seat representing the 104th District.”
Hays pointed to a changing political climate in Springfield as a contributing factor of his upcoming exit from State politics. “The functionality of the Illinois General Assembly today is simply untenable and counterproductive,” said Hays. “Legislators who care deeply and have the courage of their convictions and the intestinal fortitude to do what is right regardless of consequences are increasingly silenced. I believe we are in serious jeopardy of independent thought being a relic in our public discourse.”
Go read the rest here.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’m expecting a large number of retirements. People are just sick of this nonsense.
* Hays’ official retirement letter says it all…
The current dislike and distrust between the Governor and Speaker of the House has paralyzed government in Illinois. Ego, money and power eclipse the desire of well-meaning and honest public servants. Blame, press conferences and talking points have replaced governing. Voices of moderation and reason are increasingly elbowed out by well financed fringe elements.
Our State faces financial calamity due to years of spending well beyond its means and the collective inability of leaders to put petty, partisan differences aside for the common good.
The Governor’s office has struggled with identifying which fights to fight and what constitutes victory. Politics is the art of the doing the doable, particularly when you are in the minority. The pathway to success for the Administration is to seek and build upon incremental progress.
The rules of engagement in the House of Representatives are the conduit to one man unilaterally controlling the Legislative process in a total and complete end run around Democracy. The stifling nature of the House Rules render “we the people” void of a voice or even a venue from which to be heard. The House has become a remote outpost in relation to what our Founding Fathers had in mind.
There truly are legislators who care deeply, have the courage of their convictions and the intestinal fortitude to do what must be done regardless of consequences. They are increasingly silenced and dwarfed by monied bullies. We are in serious jeopardy of independent thought being a relic in our public discourse.
The functionality of the Illinois General Assembly today is simply untenable and counterproductive.