104th District State Representative Chad Hays (R-Catlin). Hays revealed Monday that he will not be seeking re-election in 2018 following joining 14 Republicans in voting for a permanent tax hike Sunday night. (Courtesy file photo)

SPRINGFIELD (Heartland Newsfeed) — A Republican state representative who voted in favor of tax hikes in 2017 and opted not to seek re-election in November’s general election is leaving earlier than expected and will not serve the remainder of his term ending in January.

104th District State Representative Chad Hays (R-Catlin). Hays revealed in a press release Friday that he will be leaving office sooner than expected, citing the acceptance of a job offer in the private sector.                                    Heartland Newsfeed file photo

State Rep. Chad Hays of Catlin announced in a press statement Friday that he will be leaving the Illinois General Assembly earlier than expected.

In the release, Hays noted that he has accepted a job in the private sector and will be serving as the executive director of Danville-based Crosspoint Human Services.

The representative, who’s been in office since 2010 and has been the assistant minority leader since 2013, stated his final day representing House District 104 will be September 7.

Hays stated that the timing is right to return to private sector where his past background and expertise in healthcare administration can be best utilized and described the past eight years in office as an “honor of a lifetime and a tremendous privilege.”

It is currently uncertain as who Republican governor Bruce Rauner will appoint to fill the seat until the new legislative session begins in January, as Rauner has a hotly contested gubernatorial race.

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Jake Leonard is the editor-in-chief of Heartland Newsfeed. He is general manager of Heartland Internet Media Networks and an active contributor to four newspapers for Pana News Group. He also serves as chairman of Tri-Counties Libertarian Party and Capital Area Libertarian Party, deputy candidate recruitment director for the Libertarian Party of Illinois and as chairman/co-founder of the Libertarian Party Millennial Caucus.

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