In the News

10.03.11

Durbin visits Cook Canton

CANTON -In 1963, Bill Cook invented a new method for surgically removing kidney stones. And, according to Steve Ferguson, chairman of the board for the Cook Group, the first person he tried it out on was his wife, Gayle. Five years later, the daughter of U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) had to have a kidney stone removed, using the same method. Durbin related the story as he toured the Cook plant in Canton during a downstate tour of area businesses to learn the best way to expand employ… Continue Reading


09.30.11

Durbin says Amtrak 'the present and the future'; vows to oppose calls to reduce funding

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin called Amtrak "a solid success" Thursday and pledged to oppose a U.S. House proposal that would eliminate Quincy-to-Chicago train service, as well as other state-subsidized routes across the nation. "Amtrak is the present and the future," Durbin said during a roundtable discussion at Quincy University. Durbin said Amtrak is poised to set a national record with 30 million passengers this year. The trains along the Quincy-to-Chicago corridor are expected to exceed 2… Continue Reading


09.30.11

Durbin: Lower debit card swipe fees good for consumers

ROCK ISLAND -- Beginning Saturday, banks and credit card companies will be forced to slash the fees imposed on businesses for debit card transactions -- a move praised by merchants, but decried by the banking industry, which is already showing signs of backlash. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., stopped by Rock Island Country Market, 2252 24th St., Friday morning to celebrate the move, which he contends will benefit consumers by increasing competition and allowing merchants to hand down more d… Continue Reading


09.30.11

Durbin says Amtrak 'the present and the future'; vows to oppose calls to reduce funding

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin called Amtrak "a solid success" Thursday and pledged to oppose a U.S. House proposal that would eliminate Quincy-to-Chicago train service, as well as other state-subsidized routes across the nation. "Amtrak is the present and the future," Durbin said during a roundtable discussion at Quincy University. Durbin said Amtrak is poised to set a national record with 30 million passengers this year. The trains along the Quincy-to-Chicago corridor are expected to exceed 234,0… Continue Reading


09.30.11

Rock Island store benefits from federal reforms

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois- It happens with each debit card swipe. Shoppers use the card for convenience. "For everything, practically," said shopper Judy Wiener. "Gas, food, restaurants." "People now do that," added Rock Island Country Market Manager Karl Schierbrock. "They pay for everything with the debit card." But it's also costing stores like the market .44 every transaction. That's cutting into an already tight profit margin. "If we're going to have an expanding economy that's fair… Continue Reading


09.30.11

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin Discusses Debit Changes in Quad Cities

On October 1st, small businesses owners will get a break from banks that charge them when customers use debit cards. U.S. Senator Dick Durbin visited the Quad Cities Friday to discuss the new rules, which he created and passed last year as part of the Wall Street Reform Act. Starting Saturday, debit card interchange or "swipe" fees will decrease dramatically, from 44 cents per transaction to about 24 cents per transaction. Businesses have to pay the fees on every debit card sale and Sen… Continue Reading


09.30.11

Durbin tells Galesburg leaders job creation top concern

GALESBURG -Job creation, infrastructure improvements and a call for Congress to act like grown ups were among the highlights of U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin's discussion with members of the Galesburg Area of Chamber of Commerce Friday morning. Durbin met privately with Chamber members in the Garden Room of The Kensington, then answered questions from reporters. It was the third day Durbin had been in the area, having made stops in Peoria, Canton and Macomb earlier in the week. "We all are concern… Continue Reading


09.30.11

Durbin: Lower debit card swipe fees good for consumers

ROCK ISLAND -- Beginning Saturday, banks and credit card companies will be forced to slash the fees imposed on businesses for debit card transactions -- a move praised by merchants, but decried by the banking industry, which is already showing signs of backlash. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., stopped by Rock Island Country Market, 2252 24th St., Friday morning to celebrate the move, which he contends will benefit consumers by increasing competition and allowing merchants to hand down more dis… Continue Reading


09.30.11

Senator Durbin Pushes For More Manufacturing Jobs

A major medical manufacturing facility in Canton has impressed State Senator Dick Durbin. Durbin tells WGIL Cook Medical Group's growth provides a great illustration of how others down state can expand their own businesses. "This is cutting edge technology that's being manufactured and produced right here in Canton, Illinois," Durbin says. "And that means a lot of people have a chance to work close to home, and make a great product and earn a good living." "We're trying to find ways to … Continue Reading


09.29.11

Durbin fights to keep Quincy Amtrak route open

QUINCY, ILL. -- The transportation bill in congress could eliminate the Amtrak route between Quincy and Chicago. U-S Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois was in Quincy today to discuss the future of Amtrak in Quincy. A funding bill in congress would eliminate funding for state routes across the country. That includes the Quincy Amtrak route. Durbin says this would be disastrous for western Illinois. "The House of Representatives spending proposal is devastating to Illinois Amtrak. By slashing A… Continue Reading


08.24.11

Silver Cross ER to become veterans mega-clinic

JOLIET, Ill. - A long-anticipated agreement to transform the emergency room facility at Joliet's Silver Cross Hospital into a 60,000 square foot outpatient mega-clinic for area veterans has been finalized. Lawmakers began lobbying for the project three years ago, after Silver Cross announced it would be moving its current operations to New Lenox. "Today's news of the mega-clinic for veterans in Joliet's Silver Cross Hospital is truly outstanding," said Congressman Adam Kinzinger, who joi… Continue Reading


08.13.11

Durbin talks up U.S. economy during Peoria visit

Despite a whiplash-inducing series of moves on the stock market in the last week, which he called "mood swings" that may not "reflect reality at all," U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin reassured business and civic leaders in the Tri-County Area the nation's financial footing remained solid. "America has the strongest economy in the world, period," the Illinois Democrat said Friday afternoon speaking at The Heartland Partnership. Nevertheless, the decision by Standard and Poor's a week ago to downgrade… Continue Reading


08.12.11

Durbin in Paris to show that "gov't. works"

PARIS - U.S. Senator Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) helped "cut the ribbon" at the recently-opened Maple Ridge Apartments in Paris Thursday afternoon. More about the alleged "cutting" incident later. The developer of the project was the Laborers' Home Development Corporation, which is affiliated with the Laborer's International union. The senator was introduced by both Laborers' Home Development Corporation Executive Director Michael Goetz and Paris Mayor Craig Smith, both of whom had high praise fo… Continue Reading


08.12.11

'It's a start': Package liquor stores will close earlier in ESL

EAST ST. LOUIS -- One day after U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin came to East St. Louis and said the nightclubs and liquor stores in East St. Louis are a source of the violent crime in the city, Mayor Alvin L. Parks Jr. on Thursday announced his decision to stop the sale of package liquor at 1 a.m. The new curfew went into effect this morning. The 1 a.m. cutoff time for package liquor sales includes gas stations, grocery stores and standalone package liquor and convenience stores, Parks said. Those b… Continue Reading


08.11.11

Durbin: Getting US economy back in order needs bipartisanship

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says a bipartisan effort in Washington, D.C. is the only thing that will reduce the national deficit and get the country back on stable financial footing. The Springfield Democrat and majority whip in the U.S. Senate outlined the nation's financial trouble during a Thursday morning speaking event before Southern Illinois community and business leaders at John A. Logan College in Carterville. "We are deeper in debt as a nation now than we've ever been - going back to W… Continue Reading


08.11.11

East St. Louis bans package liquor sales after 1 a.m.

EAST ST. LOUIS -- One day after U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin came to East St. Louis and said the nightclubs and liquor stores in East St. Louis are a source of the violent crime in the city, Mayor Alvin L. Parks Jr. on Thursday announced his decision to stop the sale of package liquor at 1 a.m. The new curfew is slated to go into effect Friday morning. The 1 a.m. cutoff time for package liquor sales includes gas stations, grocery stores and standalone package liquor abd convenience stores, Parks … Continue Reading


08.09.11

Durbin touts Main Street bill during stop in CL

CRYSTAL LAKE - U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., visited two local businesses to promote a bill he introduced about a week and a half ago. The proposed Main Street Fairness Act would require online retailers to collect both state and local sales tax of items sold whether the retailer has a physical presence in the state or not. The tax collected would be for where the item is being shipped. "The Main Street Fairness Act doesn't ask anyone to pay a single penny more in taxes," Durbin said. … Continue Reading


08.09.11

Durbin hears success stories from Elgin career center

If the American economy is to recover, Sen. Dick Durbin says, the last place the federal government should cut funding is from career development sites like the Illinois workNet Center in Elgin. During a visit to the center Tuesday, Durbin met with staff members and program participants to discuss the value of support services that help people get back into the workforce. The Elgin workNet Center, which provides an array of employment and training services from resume assistance to educati… Continue Reading


08.06.11

Editorial: Time for lawmakers to give Main Street businesses a chance

In the eyes of Amazon.com, Missouri is a very bad state. It says so, right on a color-coded map of the United States that Amazon gives to its traveling executives. The map was obtained by a Wall Street Journal reporter who wrote a compelling story Wednesday about the extent to which the Seattle-based company goes to avoid collecting sales taxes from customers outside of Washington state. Missouri is one of the states that has been considering (so far, not very seriously) passing a law t… Continue Reading


08.01.11

Finally, a VA check for disabled Oak Lawn Marine's wife

For more than six years, Aimee Zmysly has been the unpaid caretaker for her husband, Yuriy Zmysly, who suffered a brain injury during routine surgery at a military hospital in North Carolina after surviving tours of duty in war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan with the Marine Corps. That medical mishap left him disabled, unable to see, walk or talk. Now, thanks to a new federal law that the Oak Lawn couple helped spur the passage of, caregivers for severely disabled veterans can get a stipend fr… Continue Reading

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