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Springfield, IL – The Illinois Health Care Association (IHCA) recently presented Rep. Norine Hammond (Macomb, IL) the “Voice of Senior Care Award” at their annual convention in Peoria.

Rep. Hammond is a strong and consistent voice for the Long Term Care community.

Representative Hammond is honored for her dedication to the facilities IHCA represent and the residents they serve. “Rep. Hammond’s tireless work on the issue of Medicaid eligibility determinations is legendary” said Matt Hartman, Vice President of Public Policy at IHCA.  “Not only does she have a staffer, deserving an award of their own, who devotes the vast majority of their time to this issue, the representative herself has had numerous meetings, calls and visits with providers in her district to help solve this issue.”

The Representative carried and passed into law HB2814 this year, a measure which gives greater oversight of the process to the Illinois Auditor General, which in turns creates greater accountability and the opportunity to force further legislative action to solve this endemic problem. Her leadership on this issue has led her to be a feared voice on the topic in the Capitol.

In addition to her efforts moving issues of importance to Illinois Health Care’s profession, the Representative was the sole voice of opposition to a bill that would have damaged the profession as a whole. By speaking up and asking the hard questions, Rep. Hammond helped defeat a dangerous bill.

SPRINGFIELD –Assistant House Minority Leader Norine K. Hammond (R-Macomb) and State Senator Jil Tracy (R-Quincy) announce legislation they sponsored to reduce costs for institutions of higher education was signed into law by the Governor on Friday, August 18.

Governor Rauner signed two higher education measures sponsored by the legislative duo, House Bill 3658 which makes property control reforms requested by Western Illinois University and other state institutions to reduce administrative costs, and House Bill 3255 which removes obsolete statutory language relating to the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

“House Bill 3658 is an important cost-saver to our State Universities, including Western Illinois University,” said Senator Jil Tracy. “I have full faith in our universities to manage their inventory of state property effectively and this legislation keeps important protections in place.”

“However, it also reduces administrative costs for the universities and that’s important at this time. This has been an important negotiated effort to reduce costs and provide additional flexibility to the universities while still providing strong protections to taxpayers,” said Assistant Minority Leader Hammond.

Both House Bill 3255 and House Bill 3658 received overwhelming support in both the House and Senate as they were shepherded through the legislative committee processes by Hammond and Tracy.

MACOMB –Assistant House Minority Leader Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) provided the following statement as an update to the ongoing education funding reform negotiations:

“On August 16 the House debated and voted on Senate Bill (SB) 1947, which is a bill that was supposed to mirror Governor Rauner’s amendatory veto to SB 1. SB 1947 received no support because, in short, it was a sham bill put to a vote as a political game. SB 1947 was a hostile bill sponsored by House and Senate Democrats with no chance of passing because it included harmful language to districts all around the state.

That being said, whether or not SB 1 would be effective immediately if the amendatory veto was overridden is also questionable. There is no clear legal authority on whether the final legislative action on the bill was May 31, 2017, the day the Senate concurred, or July 31, 2017, the day Senator Trotter withdrew his motion to reconsider. Dealing with this legal issue is no small matter because it could be the case that if the amendatory veto of SB 1 is overridden, the effective date could be in 2018. Obviously, we cannot wait until 2018 to fund our schools.

On top of this legal issue, SB 1 does not have the support of 71 members in the House of Representatives required to override the amendatory veto. Therefore, the only path forward that will settle this matter and ensure funding for our K-12 schools is a negotiated compromise. All four legislative leaders are meeting Friday and I can tell you that we are very close to an agreement.

I can assure all of the citizens of the 93rd District that my colleagues are I in both parties and chambers are working with extreme urgency. We know this reform needs to be put into place in order to create fairer, more respectful funding for all of Illinois’ school districts and it needs to be done now. I am optimistic that compromise is just around the corner.”

From the Association of Illinois Soil & Water Conservation Districts Press Release

Springfield - Norine Hammond, State Representative was recognized and awarded as the 2017 Legislator of the Year at the 69th Annual Meeting of the Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts (AISWCD) held recently in Springfield.

State Representative Norine Hammond represents the 93rd District in the Illinois House of Representatives. The district encompasses all or part of 8 counties including; Knox, Fulton, Warren, McDonough, Schuyler, Cass, Brown, and Mason.

Her legislative priorities are based on the concerns and issues as they relate to the residents of Central and Downstate Illinois. She represents the State of Illinois on the Council of State Governments Agriculture Committee and is a member of the Board of the State Agriculture and Rural Leaders (SARL), a group of legislators from throughout the United States and 8 Canadian Provinces focusing on agriculture issues.

In presenting this award, we thank Norine Hammond, State Representative for her dedication, and providing support to the SWCD.


MACOMB –Assistant House Minority Leader Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) received word on Tuesday that she has been appointed to the Underrepresented Groups in Academia Task Force.

In addition to this appointment, Hammond continues to serve as Minority Spokesperson of the Higher Education Committee and as a member of the Higher Education Appropriations Committee, giving her influence over statewide policy on both higher education and funding issues.

Representative Hammond stands as one of the strongest voices in the Illinois House for Higher Education issues facing downstate universities and colleges. “Examining ways to increase representation in higher education from minority groups is a topic on which I look forward to working. We need to constantly be looking at ways to use higher education as a way to lift up communities and inculcate the next generation of industry leaders with a world-class skill set right here in Illinois,” said Rep. Hammond on Tuesday from Macomb, the home of the Western Illinois University.

The Underrepresented Groups in Higher Education Task Force was enacted through House Joint Resolution 2, a bipartisan measure Representative Hammond co-sponsored this Spring. Expanding services and programs for underrepresented students can provide opportunities for a more marketable skill set that lends itself to enhancing the growth and economic viability of the State of Illinois. The Illinois Board of Higher Education has also been in discussions about developing a conference specifically focused on assisting underrepresented student populations at both public and private institutions. The Underrepresented Groups in Academia Task Force could help to promote this cause as well and/or connect its work to such a forum.
Assistant House Minority Leader Norine K. Hammond (R-Macomb) provided the following statement as result of the special session called for K-12 Education Funding Reform:

“Governor Rauner called a special session to start on Wednesday, July 26 for the purpose of reforming the way in which the state funds K-12 education. Over the course of this last legislative session, it was agreed to by both chambers and parties that an evidence-based K-12 education funding formula was the most equitable funding formula for the students of Illinois.

During the legislative session, Senate Bill 1, which reforms the state’s K-12 education funding formula to an evidence-based one, passed the House and Senate but was never sent to the Governor. I support moving to an evidence-based model of school funding. I cannot, however, support SB 1 in its current form. If my colleagues can agree to remove the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) pension payment from the formula, I could support this measure. Until then, though, I will be working with my colleagues to make changes to the legislation.

The reason for this is not a small one. Millions and millions of dollars in general state aid are sent to CPS to pick up the cost of one school district's initiatives and pension obligation under SB 1. The rest of the state's school districts, however, must pick up the cost of programs like Early Childhood Education, different forms of transportation, and pension and healthcare related costs, where CPS does not because the entire state subsidizes them.

For that reason, I continue to support the evidence-based alternative with true equity, HB 4069. According to Illinois State Board of Education data, under HB 4069, which is identical to SB 1 with the exception of the millions that go to CPS pensions, all Illinois school districts are treated fairly and receive more equitable funding. SB 1 favors one school district; HB 4069 treats all school districts based on the agreed upon evidence-based funding formula.

If the state of Illinois is going to create a more equitable funding formula for K-12 education, we should do so without favoring one school district.”
Hammond makes fiscally responsible choice for all Illinoisans

SPRINGFIELD, IL…Assistant Minority Leader Norine K. Hammond (R-Macomb) released the following statement explaining her YES vote to override the Governor’s veto on Senate Bill 9:

“Issues like taxes and spending – especially right now in Illinois – are of much concern and many people in the 93rd District are widely divided on the issues, which put me in a difficult position when I cast my vote.  Ultimately, I voted YES on overriding the veto because I believe it to be the most fiscally responsible path forward.

If we continue this course we have for the last two years – which we undoubtedly would if this budget package is not passed – Illinois’ bond rating would definitively become junk status. This means that if Illinois ever wanted to borrow money, the state would be paying so much in interest that it would take decades, if ever, to pay off without massive tax increases.

Today, the State is paying $20 million a day in interest and penalties on unpaid bills, which now total approximately $14 billion. If we do not pass the budget package, that backlog would total $24 billion and the tax increase included in the budget package would have to be even larger, depending on the timing from 5.5%-8%, if the State ever wanted to see a balanced budget or a day in which bills are paid on time.

If we expect to send our children to school in the fall, we have to pass a budget. If we value our universities and community colleges, we have to pass a budget. If we want to provide meals and services to seniors and the disabled, we have to pass a budget.

The budget package passed by the House and Senate represents a compromise of approximately $2.5 billion in cuts with additional revenue. Unequivocally, there was extensive input from Republicans on what should be included and excluded from this budget proposal. 

As to the much-needed reforms to change the long-term fiscal trajectory of our state, I am continuing to work with my colleagues on critical reforms to improve Illinois’ climate for job creators. I will be the first to advocate for lowering taxes and spending when we are able to improve the climate for jobs and grow our revenue base. For now, I stand firm knowing that I made the most fiscally responsible choice for all Illinoisans.”