MACOMB, Ill. -- State Rep. Norine Hammond, R-Macomb, has announced she will seek re-election to the 93rd District in the 2018 elections.
Hammond, 65, has been a member of the House of Representatives since she was appointed in December 2010 to fill the unexpired 94th District seat vacated by the death of Rep. Rich Myers. Before that, Hammond served as Myers' legislative aide for 14 years.
After legislative districts were redrawn as a result of the 2010 census, Hammond ran in 2012 for the newly redrawn 93rd District, which encompasses all or parts of Brown, Schuyler, Cass, McDonough, Mason, Warren, Fulton and Knox counties. She was re-elected in 2014 and 2016.
"I am announcing that I am running for re-election because I know we need a state representative who will continue to work hard to put our state back in fiscal order so we can attract companies who want to grow here in Illinois, put people back to work, and grow our tax base," Hammond said in a press release.
Hammond said she has high hopes for Illinois despite the budgetary stalemates the General Assembly has faced in recent years.
"Illinois is an incredible state with an infrastructure system that is second to none," she said. "We have highways, rail, rivers and airports. Illinois has been the hub for business and commerce, and I believe we can be again."
Hammond, the assistant Republican leader, serves as the ranking minority leader on the Higher Education Committee and considers herself a strong advocate for schools.
"I will continue the work that is needed to ensure our state universities and community colleges receive the dollars they need to operate and that our Pre-K to (grade) 12 schools have the funds needed to open their doors on time and effectively educate our young students," she said.
Hammond said she wants to continue serving the interests of West-Central Illinois residents.
"My office has helped thousands of people cut through government red tape and get services they need," she said.
Hammond has received a Legislator of the Year award from the Associated Builders and Contractors and the Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts. She also was presented with the Voice of Senior Care award by the Illinois Health Care Association along with the Support of Agriculture recognition from the Illinois Farm Bureau.
Hammond is one of four House members serving on the Legislative Ethics Commission. She also serves as Republican spokesman on the Consumer Protection and Higher Education Committees.
Her other committee assignments, according to the Illinois General Assembly's website, include Appropriations -- Higher Education; Human Services; Insurance: Health and Life; Public Benefits Subcommittee; and the Higher Education Analysis Subcommittee.
Hammond also serves on the Council of State Governments Agriculture Committee and is vice chairman of the State Agriculture and Rural Leaders, a group of legislators from across the U.S. and eight Canadian provinces focusing on agriculture issues.
Hammond and her husband, Leonard, have been married for 38 years and have one daughter, Trish.
Hammond will make appearances in all eight of the 93rd District's counties in early November to kick off her re-election campaign and greet supporters. Here is the schedule:
º Nov. 1: Macomb, 8:30 a.m. at the McDonough County Courthouse; Rushville, noon at the Schuyler County Courthouse; Mt. Sterling, 2 p.m. at the Brown County Courthouse.
º Nov. 2: Astoria, 10 a.m., town square; Havana, 11:30 a.m., Mason County Courthouse; Virginia, 2 p.m., Cass County Courthouse; Beardstown, 3:30 p.m., old Courthouse.
º Nov. 3: Bushnell, 9 a.m., Veterans Park; Warren County (location not confirmed), 10 a.m.; Galesburg, 12:45 p.m., Knox County Courthouse.