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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.



MACOMB – On Thursday, Rep. Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) supported passage of SB 2047, a plan that will provide 6 months of funding for critical operations for higher education, state operated facilities including prisons and veterans’ homes, fuel for State Police to patrol our roads, and other core state programs and a full year of funding for elementary and secondary education and road construction.

“This plan is the product of much hard work from rank and file legislators and negotiations between the Governor and legislative leaders,” said Rep. Hammond. “While not a full year budget, this stopgap bill is designed to keep government operating, keep our schools, state universities, community colleges, and prisons open and operating and provide a bridge toward working on a full year balanced budget.”

The funding for FY 17 includes a record high level of funding for elementary and secondary education, an additional $1.0 billion in funding for higher education (on top of $600 million already approved earlier this year), funding for state operations, over $700 million in funding for human services, capital funding to allow road and bridge improvement projects to continue, payment of lottery prizes, and local government distributions.  Western Illinois University will receive over $31 million in operating funds as well over $5 million dollars in additional funding to MAP Grant recipients attending WIU during the spring 2016 semester under this legislation.

“I have said all along, bridge funding is not ideal. However, in this circumstance, bridge funding would provide the most responsible course of action in order to be certain our schools and universities open on time, seniors receive the services needed and the services for our most vulnerable can be provided,” Rep. Hammond continued.

Rep. Hammond went on to highlight the education funding component of the legislation by explaining, “this proposal will further end the unfair practice of proration and provides full funding of the foundation level for the first time in nearly a decade.”


MACOMB – With Speaker Madigan again cancelling the Session scheduled for Wednesday, June 15, Rep. Norine Hammond (R-Macomb), issued the following statement.

“With only two weeks remaining in the fiscal year, without an immediate budget resolution, we will enter the second fiscal year in a row with no state budget in place.  That is beyond unacceptable.  It is entirely unacceptable that the Speaker has cancelled Session 2 weeks in a row.  I continue working with the Budget Working Group toward finding common ground with rank-and-file legislators from both sides of the aisle to end this impasse.  The work has been productive and has yielded several budget options that have been presented to leadership on both sides of the aisle.  I look forward to continuing our efforts on this critical work, however, at some point the Budget Working Group’s suggestions must be called for a vote by the Speaker or all of our bipartisan work is for naught,” said Rep. Hammond. 

“I support two bills that are currently being proposed and that we have the funding to pay the costs. They provide 6 months of bridge funding to our universities and agencies and provides a full year of funding, with no proration, for K-12 schools. This is obviously not my first choice. I have made that clear in the past. However, if consensus cannot be reached on FY 16 and FY 17 budgets, bridge funding would provide the most responsible course of action in order to be certain our schools and universities open on time, seniors receive the services needed and the services for our most vulnerable can be provided,” Rep. Hammond continued.