A bill giving state employees the option to donate to the Red Cross directly from their paycheck is halfway to the governor’s desk. The bill, dubbed the Illinois Gives Initiative, has already passed the Illinois House and has been assigned to a Senate committee. In a nutshell, it would allow state employees to have money taken out of their paycheck and given to the Red Cross in times of need.
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Some lawmakers wondered why the bill’s sponsor, State Representative Chad Hays (R-Catlin), would limit the charities included to just the Red Cross. Hays says simple, the Red Cross runs point on all Illinois disasters. “They are the common denominator with any disaster, be it tornado, flood, etcetera, etcetera,” said Hays. The bill passed the House earlier this month on a vote of 101-10.