Chapin grew up right here in central Illinois, graduating from Charleston High School before attending the University of Illinois. At Illinois, he obtained his Bachelors of Science and was named one of the “Top 100” graduating students. After college, he earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Illinois, College of Law.
Before being elected to the Illinois House of Representatives, he was a Senior Assistant State’s Attorney for Champaign County.
As a prosecutor, he served in a number of capacities including
traffic, DUI prosecution, child support enforcement, and the felony division. He has taught as an adjunct faculty member on the Eastern Illinois University campus and at Danville Area Community College. He and his wife, Camille, belong to Faith United Methodist Church and have four children.
- Energy & Environment
- Financial Institutions
- Environmental Health
- Appropriations – Higher Education – Ranking Member
As a legislator Chapin has received several awards, including:
- Freshman Legislator of the Year from the Illinois Health Care Association
- Legislator of the Year from the Illinois Drug Education Alliance (IDEA)
- the prestigious Bowhay Fellowship
- the Illinois House Care Association’s legislative award
- the Illinois Chamber of Commerce award
- the Illinois Farm Bureau’s Activator