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Rep. Hammond is seen here at the Inauguration of the 101st General Assembly.
Pictured from L-R are Leader Durkin (R-Western Springs), Rep. Hammond, and Rep. C.D. Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville).

House Republican Leader Jim Durkin today selected State Representative Norine Hammond as an Assistant Minority Leader for the House Republican Caucus. This announcement marks her third consecutive appointment to the leadership position.

Upon hearing of the appointment Rep. Hammond stated, “I am grateful to Leader Durkin for allowing me to again serve in this capacity. I appreciate this opportunity and I am ready to meet the challenges of the position in the 101st General Assembly, ensuring that our area has a strong voice in the Legislature.”

Rep. Hammond originally joined the Illinois General Assembly in December 2010 to fill the vacancy of the late Rep. Rich Myers. As a lawmaker, she advocates for agriculture, higher education, and job creation. Additionally, Hammond’s focus remains on preserving Amtrak services across the State and increased funding for colleges throughout Illinois, through her role as Minority Chair on the Higher Education Committee.

Norine attended Western Illinois University in Macomb. She served as an Emmet Township Trustee from 2004 - 2006, and became Township Supervisor in 2006. She also served on the Macomb Planning Commission. Norine is married to Leonard and together they raised one daughter, Trish.

State Representative Norine Hammond is working to prevent the impending closure of the Mason County’s Department of Human Services (DHS) office, Family Community Resource Center, on Main Street in Havana. She joins AFSCME, the employee union, in voicing opposition and vowing to fight the department’s decision.

“About 250 people visit the Family Community Resource Center every month. What are these people going to do for assistance when there is no public transportation in the county?” said Hammond. She added, “This closure would be devastating to the elderly and disabled who depend on services that they can easily access.”

The Center currently has five employees but would employ nine individuals when fully staffed. These current five employees would be transferred pending closure. So, what is the cost savings for the state? The cost of rent for the building is $2,300 per month. 

Representative Hammond reiterated the need for the local DHS office, “Their caseload is currently at 2,500 people. That’s 2,500 of our friends and neighbors that have reached out for help. I will continue to push for accessible care and assistance for them- the most vulnerable among us.”

An official notice has not been released informing of an office closure but DHS management has sent boxes to the Havana office and told workers to prepare for a move.

Read the Peoria Journal Star's story here.
WHOI's story on the proposed closing is here.
With the New Year, comes new laws that were passed in the General Assembly and take effect January 1, 2019. Assistant House Minority Leader Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) sponsored or supported several of the bills that were signed into law. These include bills for small technical corrections as well as legislation that will have a significant impact statewide. Below is a recap of the new laws that will be on the books.

Out of state National Guard members gain state employment preference
Sponsored by Rep. Hammond

(Public Act 100-826, House Bill 4288)
Individuals who served in the National Guard, regardless of their home state, will now qualify for a state employment preference. Individuals who served in the Illinois National Guard will be given preference over out of state candidates.

New protections for health care professionals
(Public Act 100-1051, House Bill 4100)

This new law responds to a 2017 incident involving an inmate from the Kane County Jail, who took two nurses captive while receiving treatment at a hospital. The legislation seeks to help protect health care professionals by requiring all hospitals and health care facilities to institute workplace violence prevention programs that align with OSHA guidelines for preventing workplace violence for health care workers. The law also sets forth requirements for the custodial escort of inmates and requires that hospitals and medical facilities to establish protocols for the receipt of incarcerated persons. It also requires the Department of Corrections (DOC) and Department of Juvenile Justice to provide two guards to each inmate who is delivered for medical treatment, with some exceptions.

Addressing medical record availability for homeless and indigent veterans
(Public Act 100-814, House Bill 4848)

A homeless veteran or authorized legal representative of said veteran is now allowed to obtain a copy of the patient’s medical record free of charge if the records are being used for supporting a claim for federal vet disability benefits. Medical records often serve to support homeless veterans’ federal disability claims.

Grants to increase trades in manufacturing
(Public Act 100-679, House Bill 4858)

Local school districts and community colleges will be allowed to apply for and receive grants for the acquisition of land, construction of facilities, and purchase of equipment, dedicated solely to the instruction of occupations in manufacturing. This law will help community colleges obtain the infrastructure necessary to educate future generations in manufacturing trades and technical skills.

Emergency Opioid and Addiction Treatment Access Act
(Public Act 100-1023, Senate Bill 682)

This new act will serve as a key component to address Illinois’ opioid crisis by providing people in need immediate access to outpatient treatment. Currently, individuals experiencing an opioid overdose or reaction must wait for their treatment to be approved by their insurance plan before entering a facility. The legislation removes prior authorization barriers so people do not have to wait for treatment. In the event the insurance company denies treatment, SB 682 requires the insurance plan to cover outpatient treatment for 72 hours while the patient challenges the denial.

Grandparent visitation rights clarified
(Public Act 100-706, Senate Bill 2498)

This change to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act makes changes to the process for petitions for visitation. It clarifies that if the petitioner for visitation is a grandparent or great-grandparent, the parent-child relationship needs only to be legally established with respect to the parent of the grandchild or great-grandchild who is related to the grandparent or great-grandparent. It makes a similar clarification regarding step-parents.

Addressing the early childhood teacher shortage
(Public Act 100-822, Senate Bill 3536)

This new law makes changes to the alternative educator licensure program to allow individuals seeking the alternative provisional educator endorsement the opportunity to be reviewed, evaluated and recommended to continue seeking the endorsement by a principal or qualified equivalent. The law seeks to address the early childhood teacher shortage by allowing multiple avenues to achieve full early childhood educator licensure.

Service Member Employment and Reemployment Rights Act
(Public Act 100-1101, Senate Bill 3547)

The Service Member Employment and Reemployment Rights Act consolidates all Illinois laws providing employment protections to Illinois service-members into a new Act, with changes to training, compensation, probationary periods, and leave for both active and inactive military personnel.

Cancer patient fertility preservation
(Public Act 100-1102, House Bill 2617)

This Act requires Illinois insurance providers to cover fertility preservation for cancer patients or any other patient who undergoes a necessary medical treatment that directly or indirectly causes iatrogenic infertility.

To view the full list of all 253 new laws coming in the New Year, click here. 

For more information on any of these laws, visit If you have a question or would like more information on a specific new law, please call Representative Hammond’s District Office at (309) 836-2707.

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.