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Norine Hammond

Reaching Across Party Lines

Jun 21, 2015
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The members of the McDonough County Interagency Council, which is a networking group of social service agency providers, annually schedule a meeting with our Illinois State Senator and Representative.

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Illinois lawmakers will consider whether to increase the penalty fine for traffic and criminal offenses to help cover the cost of purchasing body cameras for police departments across the state. 

TSPR's Emily Boyer

Reforming public education funding in Illinois is on the minds of many as students return to school and districts face restrictive budgets. 

State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) and State Representative Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) feel the region won’t be helped or hurt by the state spending plan that begins July 1, 2014.

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) said he will call a vote this spring on making the state's temporary income tax increase permanent.

Rich Egger

Illinois schools – especially downstate schools – have been encouraged to consolidate.  But the state has not come through with all the funding promised for consolidations.

Quinn: Illinois Making a Comeback

Jan 29, 2014
Rich Egger

Democratic Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is promoting a progressive agenda for this year.

Rich Egger

Supporters of a same-sex marriage bill in Illinois (SB 10) are rallying the troops as state lawmakers prepare for the final week of the veto session.

Password Privacy Bill Passes IL House

May 6, 2013
Scott Stuntz

A bill that passed the Illinois House was meant to increase privacy protections for workers’ personal passwords, but it might still let employers access the information.

Illinois Lawmakers Respond to Gun Law Ruling

Dec 12, 2012
Rich Egger

A federal appeals court is giving the Illinois Legislature 180 days to create a concealed carry law. It cited the Second Amendment in striking down the state’s ban on carrying concealed weapons in public.

One western Illinois lawmaker believes the legislature can meet a court-ordered deadline to create a concealed carry law.

State Representative Norine Hammond says Illinois could save about half the Medicaid money the governor targeted in his budget address.

Governor Pat Quinn wants to cut $2.7 billion from Medicaid spending for next fiscal year.

Hammond said Quinn signed a bill into law  about a year ago that tightened Medicaid eligibility requirements. The changes never took effect because the state needed a federal waiver first. The waiver request was denied.

State Representative Norine Hammond (R-94) is taking a wait-and-see attitude after hearing Illinois Governor Pat Quinn's State of the State speech.

She said she could support Quinn's plan to increase funding for the Monetary Award Program.  It provides grants to college students.  She has a few reservations.

Hammond said,  “To increase MAP grants, if we have the funding-and again I think it's a big 'if'-it is something that I could certainly support.”

Emphasis - January 13

Jan 13, 2012

Rich Egger's guest is State Representative Norine Hammond (R-Macomb). They preview the Illinois legislature's 2012 session.

Lawmakers do not return to Springfield until January 30, which is later than normal. Hammond believes the legal battle over redistricting is part of the reason for the delay.

Hammond said the legislature must work to stabilize its finances. She pointed out Moody's lowered the state's credit rating late last week and Standard & Poor's has the state on a watch list.

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