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MACOMB - Rep. Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) was sworn in to her fifth term in the Illinois House of Representatives on Wednesday during the inaugural of the historic 100th General Assembly held at the University of Illinois-Springfield’s Sangamon Auditorium.

Pledging to continue to try to bring disparate parties together toward compromise to move our state forward.  “The inauguration is always an opportunity to start anew and our state government certainly needs to start anew.  I hope that all parties can set aside the past differences and get down to business to make Illinois citizens proud as we approach the 200th anniversary of statehood next year,” said Hammond.

Hammond was one of only a handful of speakers at the Inauguration, wherein she nominated Leader Jim Durkin to serve as Speaker of the House over current Speaker Michael Madigan.  Hammond, in her nomination speech, lauded Durkin as the Speaker Illinois deserves, “When the debate was raging about higher education funding and it became apparent that some on the other side would have rather stalled than getting the job done, Leader Durkin personally interceded and pulled in democrat lawmakers to get the job done... Leader Durkin has shown incredible prowess in building consensus both among his colleagues on this side of the aisle as well as our colleagues on the other side of the aisle.  Further he does so in a respectful manner.”

The House of Representatives of the new 100th General Assembly is comprised of 67 Democrats and 51 Republicans.  Representative Michael J. Madigan of Chicago was re-elected Speaker of the House for another two-year term.  Representative Jim Durkin of Western Springs was re-elected Minority Leader.

Hammond encouraged residents of the 93rd district to contact her with questions or concerns on this or any other state issue. Hammond’s Macomb district office can be contacted at (309) 836-2707 and she can be reached via e-mail at rephammond@macomb.com. Constituents can also visit her legislative website at www.norinehammond.org to sign up for her electronic newsletter.

Hammond represents all or part of Brown, Cass, and Fulton, Knox, Mason, McDonough, Schuyler and Warren counties.


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MOUNT STERLING - Rep. Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) today called on Comptroller Susana Mendoza to release $78,000 in funds owed to the city of Mount Sterling for water service provided to the Western Correctional Center, which houses nearly 1,900 inmates.

"The Office of the State Comptroller’s website shows that today it has more than $404 million to pay down the state’s bills. Despite having that revenue available, Comptroller Mendoza is refusing to process a $78,000 water bill for the Western Correctional Center. Because of her inaction, the facility is threatened with losing access to clean water and sewage service, creating a potential health and safety crisis for the state’s western region.

“Comptroller Mendoza has both the authority and cash-on-hand to pay this bill today and avoid what could become a catastrophe – she should do so immediately.”


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MACOMB – In reaction to today’s vote in the Illinois House to provide a taxpayer-funded bailout for Exelon Generation, Rep. Norine Hammond (R-Macomb), issued the following statement.

“I would have liked to have had an opportunity to reach out to my constituents to see how this impacts both residential and commercial customers in my district.  While many have been working on this for months, the final product moved very quickly and I felt this merited more careful consideration,” said Hammond.

“Taxpayers cannot afford to start bailing out multi-billion-dollar energy companies now and I cannot support doing so.  Downstate Illinois taxpayers should not have to pay the bill to bail out energy companies at a time when we don’t even have a State Budget in place.  It’s unconscionable to put this cost on the backs of downstate taxpayers,” Hammond continued. 

Senate Bill 2184 passed the Illinois House by a vote of 63-38.


SPRINGFIELD – Legislation pushed by Rep. Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) to expand Grandparents Rights in Illinois was signed by Governor Rauner on “Futures for Kids” Day at the Illinois State Fair on Friday.  House Bill 5656 would add Great-Grandparents to the statute requiring DCFS to make reasonable accommodations to provide for visitation privileges to a non-custodial grandparent as well as allowing grandparents to request a clinical review when denied visitation.

Rep. Hammond had previously passed legislation in 2015 requiring DCFS to attempt to accommodate non-custodial grandparent visitation of a child who is in the care and custody of the Department.  This legislation was the next step in the process of allowing additional Grandparents Rights.  “We know that there are many non-custodial grandparents and great-grandparents that would like the ability to visit their grandchildren who are in the care of DCFS.  This common-sense bill would allow these families that opportunity, when reasonable for DCFS to accommodate,” said Rep. Hammond from Springfield following passage of the bill this spring.

Rep. Hammond went on to say, “it is critically important for these children to maintain familial connections when appropriate.  We know, when appropriate, grandparents should have the opportunity to play an intricate role in their grandchildren’s lives.  This bill further adds great-grandparents to be considered by the Department and allows for additional clinical review of DCFS’ decision if visitation is denied.”

Hammond encouraged residents of the 93rd district to contact her with questions or concerns on this or any other state issue. Hammond’s Macomb district office can be contacted at (309) 836-2707 and she can be reached via e-mail at rephammond@macomb.com. Constituents can also visit her legislative website at www.norinehammond.org to sign up for her electronic newsletter.

Hammond represents all or part of Brown, Cass, and Fulton, Knox, Mason, McDonough, Schuyler and Warren counties.
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Representative Norine Hammond is helping to spread the word that the Secretary of State’s office will reinstate the mailing of vehicle registration reminder notices to Illinois drivers. 

The Secretary of State’s office discontinued mailing reminders in October 2015 due to the lack of funding as a direct result of the state budget impasse.  The stop-gap budget recently passed by the legislature and signed into law by the Governor allows the Secretary of State’s office to reinstate the notices. 

While notices will begin being mailed again, Rep. Hammond and Secretary of State Jesse White continue to encourage drivers to sign up for e-mail notifications at the Secretary of State’s website www.cyberdriveillinois.com.  To register for the program, vehicle owners will need their assigned registration ID and PIN, which can be found on their current vehicle registration card.  If that information is not available, drivers can call the Secretary of State public inquiry division at 800-252-8980 to obtain the Registration ID and PIN. 

According to Secretary White, the one-time registration process will allow vehicle owners to receive a series of three e-mail notices per vehicle each year highlighting the upcoming vehicle expiration date. 

Secretary White’s office noted that more than 2.3 million people have registered for e-mail notifications, 800,000 of which signed up since October 2015.  In June, lawmakers gave final approval to a bill that would give motorists a 30-day grace period to renew their license plate stickers. The bill is awaiting action by Gov. Bruce Rauner. 
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At the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives’ annual meeting in Springfield on July 28, State Representative Norine Hammond  (R- Macomb, 93rd House District) received the 2016 Illinois Electric Cooperatives Public Service Award. The award was made in recognition of Rep. Hammond’s dedicated public service to all citizens of the state of Illinois and for outstanding contributions to the rural electrification program.

AIEC President/CEO Duane Noland said, “Representative Hammond has been a great supporter of electric cooperatives and our members while in the legislature, and was helpful prior to that spending 14 years as the legislative aide to the late Representative Rich Myers who won our 2003 Public Service Award.”


SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rauner signed legislation this afternoon sponsored by Rep. Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) to modernize the organization of Adult Education under Area Planning Councils, an effort that brings Illinois into compliance with the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

“This legislation enhances the delivery of adult education programs across the state and reduces the duplication of instructional services by aligning programs more closely with the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act,” said Dr. Karen Hunter Anderson, executive director of the Illinois Community College Board, following the House passage of Rep. Hammond’s legislation in April.