MOUNT STERLING - Rep. Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) today called on Comptroller Susana Mendoza to release $78,000 in funds owed to the city of Mount Sterling for water service provided to the Western Correctional Center, which houses nearly 1,900 inmates.

"The Office of the State Comptroller’s website shows that today it has more than $404 million to pay down the state’s bills. Despite having that revenue available, Comptroller Mendoza is refusing to process a $78,000 water bill for the Western Correctional Center. Because of her inaction, the facility is threatened with losing access to clean water and sewage service, creating a potential health and safety crisis for the state’s western region.

“Comptroller Mendoza has both the authority and cash-on-hand to pay this bill today and avoid what could become a catastrophe – she should do so immediately.”

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.