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.