MACOMB – Assistant House Republican Leader Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) issued the following statement following the Governor’s State of the State Address:

“Two important aspects of the Governor’s speech stood out to me.  The first is that nothing has changed with the geography of our state and its natural assets and resources.  This is still a great State.  We’ve been successful and competitive in the past and have every opportunity to be so again.  Second, is the Governor’s statement that we ‘must respect our taxpayers’.  This is critical in all we do,” said Rep. Hammond from Springfield on Wednesday.

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. 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.


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MACOMB – Assistant House Republican Leader Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) criticized House Rules passed the Speaker Madigan’s Majority Party as ‘stilted’ and ‘contrary to how we teach school-children the legislative process is supposed to work.”

“The average person in Illinois thinks of a ‘schoolhouse rocks’ explanation of how a bill becomes a law.  However, what many Illinoisans don’t realize is that bills are not debated or considered just because they’re proposed.  In reality, Speaker Madigan and his top lieutenants have complete control over which bills are even debated.  Having served on boards with legislators from across the US, they are befuddled by the complete control the Speaker has in the Illinois House Rules.  It’s simply undemocratic,” said Hammond on Tuesday from Springfield.

Hammond continued, “the public deserves the opportunity to know what their legislators are voting on.  Legislators deserve the opportunity to read what they are to vote on.  We all deserve better than what we are getting with these stilted House Rules designed to allow Speaker Madigan to tighten his grip on power in Illinois, all the while our state continues a downward spiral.”
From the left, Chuck Gilbert, Deckle McLean, Nick Pano, Jackie Thompson, Rep. Hammond, and Patti Jones.

Macomb...On Thursday of this week, State Representative Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) met with the Executive Board of the WIU Chapter of the State University Annuitants Association, a statewide organization that represents current and former employees of Illinois colleges and universities.

Patti Jones, president of WIU/SUAA, wanted to discuss with Rep. Hammond topics of concern for retirees, like the Illinois budget impasse, funding of MAP grants and pensions, as well as legislative priorities of the Legislature and how these will impact our district.

Both Hammond and the board members felt that the meeting was productive.
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MACOMB - Rep. Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) was re-appointed to her second term as an Assistant House Republican Leader by Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) on Tuesday.

“I am so honored that Leader Durkin has provided this opportunity to continue to provide leadership for Western Illinois as well as helping to guide policy for all of Illinois,” said Rep. Hammond.  “Leader Durkin has been a powerful voice for righting our fiscal ship of state and I am humbled to be asked to be a part of his new Leadership Team for the 100th General Assembly.”

“Norine is a strong voice for her district, but also a strong voice within our caucus,” said Leader Durkin.  “She never waivers in her convictions and always provides a commonsense perspective to solving our state’s problems.  Norine is an outstanding leader within the General Assembly and I’m proud to have her as an integral part of our leadership team.”

Rep. Hammond has gained a reputation as a passionate advocate for agriculture, higher education and job creation in Illinois.  She attended Western Illinois University in Macomb and served as an Emmet Township Trustee and became Township Supervisor in 2006.  She served 14 years as Legislative Aide to the late Rep. Rich Myers before being appointed to fill his term in 2010.
MACOMB - Rep. Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) was sworn in to her fifth term in the Illinois House of Representatives on Wednesday during the inaugural of the historic 100th General Assembly held at the University of Illinois-Springfield’s Sangamon Auditorium.

Pledging to continue to try to bring disparate parties together toward compromise to move our state forward.  “The inauguration is always an opportunity to start anew and our state government certainly needs to start anew.  I hope that all parties can set aside the past differences and get down to business to make Illinois citizens proud as we approach the 200th anniversary of statehood next year,” said Hammond.

Hammond was one of only a handful of speakers at the Inauguration, wherein she nominated Leader Jim Durkin to serve as Speaker of the House over current Speaker Michael Madigan.  Hammond, in her nomination speech, lauded Durkin as the Speaker Illinois deserves, “When the debate was raging about higher education funding and it became apparent that some on the other side would have rather stalled than getting the job done, Leader Durkin personally interceded and pulled in democrat lawmakers to get the job done... Leader Durkin has shown incredible prowess in building consensus both among his colleagues on this side of the aisle as well as our colleagues on the other side of the aisle.  Further he does so in a respectful manner.”

The House of Representatives of the new 100th General Assembly is comprised of 67 Democrats and 51 Republicans.  Representative Michael J. Madigan of Chicago was re-elected Speaker of the House for another two-year term.  Representative Jim Durkin of Western Springs was re-elected Minority Leader.

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.


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