The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

October 30, 2012

Send Hays, Frerichs back to capital


DANVILLE — Vermilion County voters saw the county divided among three Illinois Senate and House districts during the most recent reapportionment effort.

That can add to the volume of local voices in Springfield.

In the Nov. 6 election, only one of those Senate districts and only one of the House districts have contested races on the ballot.

In the 52nd Senate District, which includes most of Danville and southern Vermilion County, incumbent state Sen. Michael Frerichs, D-Champaign, squares off against Republican challenger John Bambenek, also of Champaign.

Frerichs has shown a willingness to break from his party’s leadership on issues.

The most recent example involves his stance against Gov. Pat Quinn’s plan to close several state prisons.

Frerichs also responds well to constituents requests and concerns, and he’s made himself available to local officials when needed.

His record during the past four years should earn him another term in the Senate.

In the House, state Rep. Chad Hays, R-Catlin, has represented the 104th District for the past two years. He’s being challenged by Michael Langendorf of Urbana.

The district also includes most of Danville and all but a sliver of south county.

Hays has stood strong for the voters in the district since he took over the office.

He has worked hard to reach across the aisle where it will help to bring benefits to the area.

His understanding of the issues shows how seriously he takes his duties as state representative.

Again, constituent serves ranks high on Hays’ list of priorities.

He maintains a full-time office in Danville, and makes himself available as necessary.

Hays also deserves to head back to Springfield on behalf of the 104th’s residents.

Both Hays and Frerichs also favor the proposed gambling bill the General Assembly will again take on during its veto session next month.

That bill includes a casino for Danville, which would be a major economic shot in the arm for the area. Both have worked in a bipartisan way to help ease its passage.

Voters shouldn’t just take our word for it, They should do their own research as well.

But every one whose eligible should be sure to go and vote Nov. 6.