MACOMB –Assistant House Minority Leader Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) was feted by the Township Officials of Illinois (TOI) with their President’s Award at the organization’s annual conference on November 13.

“Representative Hammond is a true champion of local government. As a former Township official herself, she truly understands and appreciates the importance of Township government. I could think of no one more deserving of the TOI Presidents Award,” said TOI Executive Director Bryan Smith.

Hammond served as Emmet Township Trustee from 2002-2006 and as Emmet Township Supervisor from 2006-2014. The TOI Presidents Award is given each year by the President of TOI to a person who has shown outstanding support to township government and the association. The Award has been given annually since 1982.

“I am humbled by this honor,” said Rep. Hammond. “Township government does extremely important work that impacts the lives of millions of Illinois residents and taxpayers.”

In addition to her award from TOI, Rep. Hammond has been honored for her legislative accomplishments by the Illinois Health Care Association, the Association of Illinois Soil & Water Conservation Districts, the Illinois Farm Bureau and others. She has also been selected to serve the Illinois House on a number of legislative task forces and working groups and is a trusted member of the House Republican Leadership team.


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.