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SPRINGFIELD – Sen. John Sullivan (D-Rushville) and Rep. Norine Hammond (R- Macomb) announced that their legislation to update the school board election process (SB 82) has passed both the Illinois Senate and House and will now go to the Governor Rauner.

SB 82 allows an additional option for school districts to pass referendums to move to at-large voting for local school board elections.  Many school districts in Illinois have a form of at-large voting which limits the number of school board members that can come from any one township. In rural districts which contain more than one township, this restriction can severely restrict the pool of potential members.  Under the reform proposed by Sullivan and Hammond, a referendum could pass with a simple majority of those voting in each township (as it is under current law); or if 2/3 (66%) of all those voting in the district pass the referendum.

“At its heart this is about ensuring voters are properly represented. We’re addressing a very specific issue affecting rural, downstate schools and I appreciate the rural educators who brought this to our attention,” Sen. Sullivan said.

Rep. Norine Hammond went on to say, “this measure is a bipartisan solution to a very real problem in rural school districts.  We should be doing everything we can to help local school districts attract the very best candidates possible for these important positions.”

For more information on this or other state issues, please contact Sen Sullivan’s Quincy office at 217-222-2295 or Rep. Hammond’s Macomb office at 309-836-2707.

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Thank you to all that took the time to come to Springfield this week! Tom Carper & Derrick James testified in Transportation on Amtrak, Shelly L. Martin advocated for seniors, Macomb Mayor Mike Inman was here & Fulton County Sheriff Jeff Standard & Sheriff Rick VanBrooker!




MACOMB – The Illinois Supreme Court announced on Friday that SB 1- the Pension Reform Bill passed in December 2013 was found Unconstitutional and struck down.

In issuing the ruling, the court opined the following, “The financial challenges facing state and local governments in Illinois are well known and significant. In ruling as we have today, we do not mean to minimize the gravity of the State’s problems or the magnitude of the difficulty facing our elected representatives. It is our obligation, however, just as it is theirs, to ensure that the law is followed. That is true at all times. It is especially important in times of crisis when, as this case demonstrates, even clear principles and long-standing precedent are threatened. Crisis is not an excuse to abandon the rule of law. It is a summons to defend it. How we respond is the measure of our commitment to the principles of justice we are sworn to uphold.”

State Representative Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) had voted NO on SB 1, citing Constitutional concerns, “it was long believed that this would be the result of this legislation.  I had Constitutional concerns over the legality of this bill, but now the Supreme Court has confirmed my thinking on this important issue.  At least now there is a ruling by the Court and we can get back to the hard work of trying to rectify our State’s financial situation within the confines of our State Constitution,” said Rep. Hammond.

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, Fulton, Knox, Mason, McDonough, Schuyler and Warren counties.
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MACOMB –State Representative Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) announces she is thankful Governor Rauner has announced restoration of FY 15 funding cuts to the Illinois Department of Human Services and Illinois Department of Public Health effecting programs like the Autism Program, epilepsy funding, and funding for indigent burials.

The FY 15 budget signed last year by Governor Quinn contained a $1.6 billion deficit, which necessitated a budget fix this Spring to fund the remainder of the fiscal year which ends in June.  On April 3, the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget released a list of grant suspensions and reserves totaling $26 million.  Due to revised estimates issued by the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (COGFA), the State of Illinois now anticipates an additional one-time $300-500 million in revenue for last year.  This allowed the Governor to provide relief on some of the cuts and reserves made several weeks ago.

“As a member of the Human Services Committee in the House, I have seen firsthand the value of these programs,” said Rep. Hammond from Springfield on Thursday.  “Nobody wanted to see these cuts and I am thankful to Governor Rauner for committing this additional, unplanned revenue to restore funding to these important programs for Illinois families,” continued Rep. Hammond.

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, Fulton, Knox, Mason, McDonough, Schuyler and Warren counties.
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