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Illinois was the 21st state accepted into the union on December 3rd, 1818.
Through the years, Illinois has been successful thanks to the amazing people, places, and things that are BORN, BUILT & GROWN here. So let’s celebrate that success today and continue working to build a better version of Illinois –a state that we proudly call “home.”

Representative Hammond is seen here at the presentation with local members from L-R: Joe Tolly (Fulton Co. Farm Bureau Board Member), Colby Hunt (McDonough Co. Farm Bureau President), Terry Boydstun (Knox Co. Farm Bureau Board Director), Jared Kunkle (Warren-Henderson Farm Bureau President), and Kelly Westlake (Schuyler Co. Farm Bureau Manager).
Assistant House Minority Leader Norine Hammond has received the "Friend of Agriculture" award from the Illinois Farm Bureau for her continued support of farmers, a safe food system, and a strong agricultural business environment. The award is given annually to legislators based on their voting record in the General Assembly, which shows their understand of the far-reaching benefits of Illinois' agricultural products and the important role farmers play in providing quality food, fiber, and fuel.
Representative Norine K. Hammond (R-Macomb) received the Legislator of the Year Award from Leading Age Illinois in recognition of her commitment to advancing policy that improves the quality of services and care for older adults. The Representative accepted the award on Tuesday at Wesley Village in Macomb from (L-R) Shelly Martin, Administrator/CEO of Wesley Village Health Care Center of Macomb and Kirk Riva, Vice President of Policy at
Leading Age Illinois.

Assistant House Minority Leader Norine K. Hammond (R-Macomb) has signed on as Co-Sponsor of House Resolution 766, a resolution that voices opposition to taxing Illinois drivers per mile traveled. HR 766 was filed at the beginning of the regular Legislative Session in anticipation of new legislation that attempts to do just that.

In 2016, Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) proposed the new tax on miles traveled on public, non-tolled Illinois roads using GPS tracking technology and a Chicago Daily Herald article stated that the sponsor of the new tax wanted Illinois to be the first state in the union to make the changes statewide and that the concept is inevitable.
Governor Bruce Rauner declared a harvest emergency, for the second year in a row, to help level the playing field between Illinois farmers and crop haulers and those in neighboring states. Assistant House Minority Leader Norine Hammond applauded the action which creates a no fee permit for increased gross axle weight limits for agricultural commodities haulers.

 

“An initiative of our Higher Education Working Group, this pilot program is another way to encourage those furthering their education to stay here in Illinois attending our public universities,” said Rep. Norine Hammond, R-Macomb.


Governor Bruce Rauner signed legislation, co-sponsored by Rep. Norine K. Hammond, creating a merit-based scholarship program for Illinois students and a task force to help share college and career interest data between high schools and higher education institutions. Both initiatives are products of the Higher Education Working Group focused on making the state’s colleges and universities more affordable and accessible for Illinois students.

Assistant House Minority Leader Norine Hammond joined colleagues on both sides of the aisle, in both chambers, in voting YES on an FY 19 State Budget that is balanced and relies on “no new taxes”.

“When this process started, we pushed hard for three goals: a balanced budget, a full-year budget, and no tax increases,” said Rep. Hammond.  “This budget funds many of our priorities and provides critical stability to State Government which suffered under a nearly two-year budget impasse in recent past.”