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MACOMB –Assistant House Minority Leader Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) was appointed by House Republican Leader Jim Durkin to serve on the bipartisan task force on sexual discrimination and harassment this week.

“As both a member of the Legislative Ethics Commission and now this task force, I believe this is an issue we must address. All persons must be respected in the workplace and our state government should strongly lead by example in this regard and end the culture that has brought about this unacceptable behavior,” said Rep. Hammond.

The task force, approved recently with passage of House Resolution 687, requires a comprehensive review of the legal and social consequences of sexual discrimination and harassment in both the public and private sectors in Illinois. The group will make recommendations to the General Assembly to stiffen state laws and policies preventing and punishing this behavior when it occurs.

“There is no place for sexual discrimination and harassment in workplaces in Illinois. No matter the perpetrator, this behavior should be exposed and condemned when it occurs,” said Rep. Hammond.
MACOMB –Assistant House Minority Leader Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) will hold ‘Open Office’ Hours in Havana and Mason City on Wednesday, November 15 and in Rushville & Mt. Sterling on Friday, November 17th.

“These ‘Open Office’ Hours are an opportunity to bring constituent services out into the communities I serve in the Illinois House in Springfield,” said Rep. Hammond. “Whether you want to pass along an opinion about state issues, are seeking assistance with a state problem, or simply want to say hello, I look forward to hearing from you.”

Rep. Hammond’s ‘Open Office’ Hours will occur in the following times:

Wednesday, November 15- 10:00am-11:00am- Havana City Center, 326 W. Market St. (Corrected from Havana City Hall)

Wednesday, November 15- 1:00pm-2:00pm- Mason City City Hall at 145 S. Main St.

Friday, November 17- 10:00am-11:00am- Rushville City Hall at 220 W. Washington St.

Friday, November 17- 1:00pm-2:00pm- Mt. Sterling Community Center YMCA at 1 Dot Way


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MACOMB –Assistant House Minority Leader Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) in conjunction with The Lodge at Manito and Manito Medical Associates will host a Free Diabetes Screening event on Wednesday, November 29 from 11:00am-1:00pm at the Lodge at Manito Assisted Living & Memory Care Community. The public is invited for free screenings.

“November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. As we take an opportunity to bring attention to this disease, and its impact on millions of Americans, it’s important to get screened for your risk for type 2 diabetes,” said Rep. Hammond. “I am proud to partner with the The Lodge at Manito & Manito Medical Associates to provide a free screening for residents living in Mason County.”

The Lodge at Manito Assisted Living & Memory Care Community is hosting this FREE event and Manito Medical Associates will conduct the screenings. The Lodge has an assisted living wing and a memory care wing, each taking the resident’s life story to create a personalized approach to care. Owned by the Mason County Health Department, The Lodge is the first of its kind in the state of Illinois. “Our unique ownership allows us to be overseen by a Board of Health comprised of community leaders and physicians in Mason County. Operated by Prairieland Council; a local not-for-profit, ensures each decision is thoughtfully made with the residents of our community, and the residents of Mason County in mind,” states Lori Canada, Administrator.

According to the American Diabetes Association, in 2015, 30.3 million Americans or 9.4% of the population, had diabetes. Of those, 7.2 million estimated cases are undiagnosed. Over 84.1 million adults are living with prediabetes. “I encourage everyone to get screened, but especially our senior and high-risk populations,” said Rep. Hammond. “Please consider joining us for this event to evaluate your risk today and to take your care plan into your hands.”

Further information is available about Type 2 Diabetes Risk at www.diabetes.org and you can learn more about The Lodge at Manito at www.manitolodge.com.

MACOMB –Assistant House Minority Leader Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) will hold ‘Open Office’ Hours in Havana and Mason City on Wednesday, November 15 and in Rushville & Mt. Sterling on Friday, November 17th.

“These ‘Open Office’ Hours are an opportunity to bring constituent services out into the communities I serve in the Illinois House in Springfield,” said Rep. Hammond. “Whether you want to pass along an opinion about state issues, are seeking assistance with a state problem, or simply want to say hello, I look forward to hearing from you.”

Rep. Hammond’s ‘Open Office’ Hours will occur in the following times:

Wednesday, November 15- 10:00am-11:00am- Havana City Hall at 227 W. Main St.

Wednesday, November 15- 1:00pm-2:00pm- Mason City City Hall at 145 S. Main St.

Friday, November 17- 10:00am-11:00am- Rushville City Hall at 220 W. Washington St.

Friday, November 17- 1:00pm-2:00pm- Mt. Sterling Community Center YMCA at 1 Dot Way

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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.

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