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John Curtis

Rich Egger

State Representative Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) gathered supporters outside the McDonough County Courthouse on a gray and chilly November morning.  Macomb Mayor Mike Inman stood alongside local Republican leaders including County Board Chair Scott Schwerer and Sheriff Rick VanBrooker. The crowd applauded as Hammond delivered the news they came to hear.

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The contest for a legislative seat in western Illinois has the attention of a statewide watchdog group. The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform tracks political contributions in the state and has named the race for 93rd District State Representative one of the ten most contested state races in Illinois.

TSPR's Emily Boyer

A Democrat who ran an unsuccessful campaign for state representative in western Illinois will give it another shot. 

TSPR's Emily Boyer

In Illinois House District 93, Republican Representative Norine Hammond of Macomb fought off a challenge by Democrat John Curtis of Macomb. Hammond called it a great campaign and a lot of hard work that paid off. She said her top priority going into the next term in January is to pass a balanced state budget, which she said will require a lot of negotiation and compromise.

What’s on the Ballot in the Tri-States

Nov 8, 2016

Election Day has arrived in the tri-state region as election volunteers arrived early at local polling sites, powering up voting machines and setting up registration tables. Thousands of people cast early ballots, but even more will get in line before the polls close at 7 pm in Illinois and Missouri and at 9 pm in Iowa.

TSPR's Emily Boyer

Legislative races in west-central Illinois don't normally bring in big campaign contributions. But, money has poured into House District 93 this year, where State Rep. Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) is being challenged by John Curtis (D-Macomb).

Rich Egger

With less than a month left before the election, many political candidates are taking the stage with their opponent as part of candidate forums and debates where they share their perspective on the issues and answer questions. 

Knox College

I hate yard signs.  I dislike them almost as much as I loathe those inflatable, blowie-uppy-thingys that people put in their yards for Halloween and Christmas. 

The 93rd Illinois House District includes one public university and two community colleges.  Incumbent Representative Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) believes she's served higher education well and she's running for a fourth term. Her Democratic opponent John Curtis believes the state should be doing a better job of supporting higher education and thinks he can help reverse course on the trend of declining state aid.

John Curtis for State Representative

John Curtis of Macomb, who's running as a Democrat for state representative, said it’s a critical error to underfund higher education.

Curtis Courts Voters in West Central Illinois

Dec 11, 2015
T.J. Carson

A Western Illinois University teacher said there’s a lot of frustration, distrust, and anger in state government. And he wants to change that in Springfield.

Rich Egger

Farmers are used to waking up with the rooster’s crow. But having grown up a suburban kid, John Curtis was used to a more conventional alarm clock.

Rich Egger

This summer's combination of high temperatures and little precipitation has impacted just about every type of farmer. Nonetheless, some are finding ways to get by.

John Curtis, owner and operator of Barefoot Gardens, said he's dug a deeper well to come up with enough water for his crops. However, he's also had to contend with a problem pump.

“Sometimes I have water, sometimes I don't. When I don't, it really shows quickly,” Curtis said.

He had to conserve water until he deepened the well.