Hammond awarded ‘Outstanding Legislator of the Year’ by the Illinois Association of Park Districts

Rep. Hammond receiving the ‘Outstanding Legislator of the Year’ award from 2023 IAPD Chairman Jeff Rigoni.

State Representative Norine Hammond was honored with the ‘Outstanding Legislator of the Year’ award by the Illinois Association of Park Districts at the Association’s annual conference last week.

The Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD) awarded Representative Hammond for her steadfast support of Illinois parks, recreation, and conservation agencies:

Representative Norine Hammond is a major supporter of IAPD and our member park, recreation, and conservation agencies.

For example, last year Representative Hammond sponsored an IAPD legislative platform bill, House Bill 2218, that clarified the timeframe in which a park board could change its number of commissioners or the length of term of its commissioners during election years. Thanks to her steadfast leadership, this bill was included in the General Assembly’s election omnibus bill and is now law. This important legislation will help protect park districts from potential legal challenges in the future. 

Representative Hammond is also a tireless supporter of her local park and recreation agencies and has worked to secure member initiative funding for critical projects and build strong relationships with commissioners and professional staff alike.

Despite Representative Hammond’s demanding schedule as Deputy Republican Leader of the Illinois House of Representatives, her door has always been open to IAPD.

For her remarkable dedication and support, we are pleased to honor Representative Norine Hammond with the Illinois Association of Park Districts’ Outstanding Legislator of the Year Award.

Representative Hammond thanked the Association for honoring her with this award.

“The IAPD does outstanding work on behalf of our parks and recreation organizations throughout the state,” Rep. Hammond said. “I am grateful for their support and for their dedication to providing Illinoisans with wonderful opportunities to enjoy outdoor and recreational activities for the whole family.”