Hays awarded for work supporting 911 services

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA) -- A local lawmaker is being honored for his work ensuring 911 services stay operating in the state.

Representative Chad Hays (R) received an award this week for his help passing a bill which helps call stations modernize their technology.

Hays was named Legislator of the Year by the Illinois Emergency Number Association and public safety groups.

His efforts went a long way, especially for these groups, since the legislation did not pass very easily because it included a tax increase. The bill increases fees on 911 calls from $0.87 to $1.50.

The measure was vetoed by Governor Bruce Rauner but, even as a Republican, Hays got enough support because he and others wanted to see those extra fees help update 911 call centers and create more jobs.

Rauner says he vetoed the bill because the excessive, unwarranted tax hike could hurt seniors who use the service the most.

Hays received the award at the Crowne Plaza during the Illinois Telecommunication Association annual conference. 


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