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.

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. 
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.”