Press Releases

04.08.24

In a Speech on the Senate Floor, Durbin Demands the Release of American Citizens Held by the Russian Government

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Co-Chair of the Senate Ukraine Caucus, today spoke on the Senate floor condemning the Russian government for the unjust detainment of American citizens in Russia and called fortheir immediate release.  Specifically, Durbin cited the dubious arrest of Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich, who was charged on fraudulent charges of espionage one year ago. “He [Gershkovich] has spent more than a year in pretrial detention in a notor… Continue Reading


04.08.24

Durbin Reiterates Ceasefire Call Following the Death of Seven Humanitarian Aid Workers in Gaza

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today delivered a speech on the Senate floor in response to the death of seven aid workers in Gaza earlier this month.  The aid workers, employees of World Central Kitchen, had been part of efforts to feed innocent civilians in Gaza caught in the crossfire of Israel’s military response following the horrendous Hamas attack on October 7.  Since the October 7 attack on Israel, more than 33,000 people, mostly women and children, having been … Continue Reading


04.08.24

Durbin Statement on the Passing of Cook County Clerk Karen Yarbrough

CHICAGO – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement on the passing of Karen Yarbrough, Cook County Clerk: “I am honored to call Karen a friend. From Maywood to Springfield and back to Cook County, Karen made a tremendous impact on the lives she touched. She had a long list of legislative accomplishments, including bans on the death penalty and indoor smoking. In politics, she was a consensus builder who earned the trust of her peers and rose to be a party lea… Continue Reading


04.05.24

Durbin Urges Secretary of Transportation to Convene Meeting Regarding Expansion of O'Hare International Airport

CHICAGO – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg urging him to convene a meeting between the City of Chicago, United Airlines, American Airlines, and the Illinois Congressional delegation on discrepancies over how to proceed with the O’Hare International Airport Terminal Area Project (TAP).  This request comes as the airlines have expressed concerns about proceeding with TAP as it was outlined in their original 2018 agr… Continue Reading


04.04.24

Durbin Visits Local Peoria Small Business to Discuss Credit Card Competition Act

PEORIA – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today convened the Illinois Retail Merchants Association and a local small business owner to discuss his Credit Card Competition Act, bipartisan legislation that would enhance competition and choice in the credit card network market, which is currently dominated by the Visa-Mastercard duopoly. This legislation has received the endorsements of a wide range of small business, consumer, and university groups, as well as key unions, including the Internationa… Continue Reading


04.04.24

Durbin Attends Groundbreaking Ceremony for Quad Cities International Airport's Terminal Renovation Program

MOLINE – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today attended the groundbreaking ceremony for Quad Cities International Airport’s (MLI) terminal renovation program, Project GATEWAY, which includes major renovations to the landside terminal, ticketing lobby, and baggage claim. The first stage of the renovation, Project One, begins this month and focuses on removing security screening equipment from the ticketing lobby and modernizing airline ticket counters. “Project GATEWAY exemplifies the transforma… Continue Reading


04.04.24

Durbin, Padilla, Senators Urge USCIS to Protect DACA Recipients and Process their Renewal Applications in a Timely Manner Following Reports of Delays

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-CA), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Immigration Subcommittee, today sent a letter to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director (USCIS), Ur M. Jaddou, calling for USCIS to protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients and process renewal applications in a timely manner.  Many applicants for DACA renewal report waiting well over five mo… Continue Reading


04.03.24

Durbin Announces $1 Million for Southcom Dispatch Center's Public Safety Upgrades

MATTESON – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today visited SouthCom Combined Dispatch Center to announce the $1 million in federal funding he secured through Congressionally Directed Spending (CDS)—more commonly known as an earmark—in the Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24) government funding bill for equipment and technology upgrades including police body cameras, squad car enhancements, police protective equipment, and the installation of emergency dispatch consoles… Continue Reading


04.01.24

Durbin, Budzinski Attend Groundbreaking Ceremony for Cahokia Heights Sanitary Sewer Trunkline Project

CAHOKIA HEIGHTS – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Nikki Budzinski (D-IL-13) today attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the Cahokia Heights sanitary sewer trunkline project, which will rehabilitate 17,000 lineal feet of the main sanitary sewer trunkline to provide a safe and reliable sewer system. Durbin has secured more than $30 million in federal funding to address the ongoing flooding in Cahokia Heights, including $3.5 million in federal funding throug… Continue Reading


04.01.24

Durbin, Markey, Warren Lead Group of Senate Democrats in Urging Biden Administration to Phase Out Solitary Confinement

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, joined U.S. Senators Ed Markey (D-MA) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) in leading a letter from a group of Senate Democrats to Department of Homeland Security Secretary (DHS) Alejandro Mayorkas and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Patrick Lechleitner calling for ICE to limit and phase out solitary confinement. In addition to Durbin, Markey, and Warren, the letter is signe… Continue Reading


03.28.24

Durbin Leads Group of Senate Democrats Pressing Justice Department and Bureau of Prisons on Voting Access for Incarcerated People

CHICAGO – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, led a group of eleven Senate Democrats in a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland and Bureau of Prisons (BOP) Director Colette Peters requesting more information on their efforts to promote voting access for incarcerated people in federal prisons. In addition to Durbin, the letter is signed by Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Peter Welch (D-VT), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Laphonza Butler (D-CA), C… Continue Reading


03.28.24

Ahead of Cesar Chavez Day, Durbin, Bennet, Stabenow, Senate Colleagues Reintroduce Bill to Support Farm Workers, Address Agricultural Labor Crisis

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, along with U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), member and Chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, alongside U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), John Fetterman (D-PA), Peter Welch (D-VT), and John Hickenlooper (… Continue Reading


03.28.24

DURBIN, DUCKWORTH SEND LETTERS URGING MEDICAID HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANIES IN ILLINOIS TO ADDRESS LEAD POISONING RISK TO CHILDREN

CHICAGO – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) visited the Erikson Institute today to announce letters he and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) sent to five Medicaid managed care companies (MCOs) in Illinois, urging them to address lead poisoning risks to children in Chicago by preemptively sending drinking water test kits, water filters, home visitors, and educational materials to all enrolled children in the city. The letters are being sent to: Aetna, BlueCross, CountyCare, Meridian,… Continue Reading


03.27.24

Durbin, Schakowsky, IL AG Raoul Discuss Protecting American Consumers from Robocalls Act

CHICAGO – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL-09), and Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul today held a press conference to discuss the Protecting American Consumers from Robocalls Act. This federal legislation would give the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and the Do-Not-Call Registry teeth by providing all telephone subscribers—including small businesses—the ability to seek damages for all unconsented-to telemarketing calls immediately after suc… Continue Reading


03.26.24

Durbin Discusses Federal Funding and DEFIANCE Act at Connections for Abused Women and Their Children

CHICAGO – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today visited Connections for Abused Women and their Children (CAWC) to discuss the DEFIANCE Act, bipartisan, bicameral legislation he introduced that creates a civil remedy for victims of nonconsensual, sexually explicit “deepfake” images and videos. Durbin also discussed the $500,000 in federal funding he secured for CAWC through Congressionally Directed Spending (CDS)—more commonly known as an earmark—in the Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24) “minibus” appropri… Continue Reading


03.26.24

Durbin, Senate Democrats Urge President Biden to Take Executive Action to Provide Relief for Undocumented Immigrants

CHICAGO – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, led a group of 19 Senate Democrats in a letter requesting administrative relief forundocumented immigrants. As the Biden Administration considers executive actions on the border after Senate Republicans balked at a bipartisan border deal in February at the whim of former President Trump, this letter outlines recommendations for executive actions to streamline immigration relief for the undocumented … Continue Reading


03.26.24

Durbin Statement on Visa & Mastercard Settlement with U.S. Merchants to Address Excessive Swipe Fees

CHICAGO – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the lead sponsor of the Credit Card Competition Act, today released the following statement regarding the news that Visa and Mastercard reached a settlement with U.S. merchants to lower credit interchange rates and cap those rates into 2030: “At a time when hard-working Americans and small business owners are struggling with higher costs of everyday essentials like gas and groceries, reducing the… Continue Reading


03.26.24

Durbin Statement on Visa & Mastercard to Settlement with U.S. Merchants to Address Excessive Swipe Fees

CHICAGO – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the lead sponsor of the Credit Card Competition Act, today released the following statement regarding the news that Visa and Mastercard reached a settlement with U.S. merchants to lower credit interchange rates and cap those rates into 2030: “At a time when hard-working Americans and small business owners are struggling with higher costs of everyday essentials like gas and groceries, reducing the… Continue Reading


03.25.24

Durbin Joins Informational Picket to Voice Objections to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's "Delivering for America" Plan

DOWNERS GROVE – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today participated in an informational picket during U.S. Postal Service (USPS) Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s visit to voice objections to DeJoy’s “Delivering for America” plan. USPS is conducting a Mail Processing Facility Review on facilities in Champaign, Peoria, the Quad Cities, and Springfield, as well as a number of other facilities across the country. These reviews are conducted before downsizing, expanding, or closing facilities. By dow… Continue Reading


03.25.24

Durbin, Duckworth Announce Illinois Priorities Secured in Second "Minibus" Government Funding Bill

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced the Illinois priorities they helped secure in the second “minibus” of government funding bills, which follows passage of the first “minibus” of six funding bills earlier this month.  The package includes funding bills for Defense; Financial Services and General Government; Homeland Security; Labor, Health and Human Services, Education… Continue Reading

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