Press Releases

09.23.14

Durbin, Foster Announce More Than $1.2 Million in HUD Funding For Joliet Housing and Community Development

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Bill Foster (D-IL) today announced that communities and housing agencies in Joliet, Illinois will receive a total of $1,291,600 in grant funding through two programs administered by Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to help develop urban communities in the area. "This funding will give local development agencies in Joliet the ability to expand and improve existing affordable housing in their communities… Continue Reading


09.23.14

Durbin Announces More Than $1.2 Million in HUD Funding For Northern Illinois and Chicagoland Housing and Community Development

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that communities and housing agencies in Northern Illinois and the Chicagoland area will receive a total of $1,291,600 in grant funding through two programs administered by Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to help develop urban communities in the area. "This funding will give local development agencies in Illinois the ability to expand and improve existing affordable housing in their communities," Durbin said.… Continue Reading


09.23.14

Durbin and Kirk Name Screening Committee For Next U.S. Marshal For Illinois' Northern District and Announce Application Process

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk today announced the formation of a bipartisan screening committee to assist in selecting the next United States Marshal for the Northern District of Illinois. The task of the screening committee is to review applications and make recommendations to the Senators for filling this vacant position. The screening committee will be comprised of five distinguished Illinoisans drawn from the federal judiciary, the bar, and law enforcement. The c… Continue Reading


09.22.14

Durbin Statement On Administration Action on Corporate Inversions

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) - a leading voice in Congress raising concerns regarding corporate tax inversion schemes - released the following statement today after the Obama Administration announced several steps to address the troubling, growing trend toward U.S. corporate tax avoidance: "When corporations choose to invert and don't pay their fair share of taxes, they leave the rest of us to pick up the tab. That isn't right," Durbin said. "Today, the Obama Administratio… Continue Reading


09.22.14

Durbin Announces A More Than $520,000 Investment in Illinois Justice Programs

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced today that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has awarded a total of $520,643 in grants to support the establishment or enhancement of several justice system programs in Illinois. "Today's funding is an important investment in the Illinois justice system," said Durbin. "These initiatives will help promote the fair and cost-effective administration of justice, help us more quickly analyze evidence and solve crimes, and help provid… Continue Reading


09.19.14

Durbin Announces Nearly $300,000 in DOJ Funding For Northwestern University To Prevent Sexual Assault On Campus

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has awarded a $299,997 grant to Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois to help prevent sexual assaults on campus. Today's funding was made available through DOJ's Grants to Reduce Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking on Campus Program, which was authorized by the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. "Today's announcement is an investmen… Continue Reading


09.19.14

Durbin Announces More Than $2.7 Million in DOJ Funding To Support Illinois Drug-Free Communities

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has recently awarded $2,749,659 in grants to Illinois communities across the state to help reduce youth substance abuse and promote drug-free communities. Today's funding was made available through DOJ's FY14 Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Program. "Today's funding is an investment in the safety and well-being of the youth in Illinois communities. It is critical to support the work of the… Continue Reading


09.18.14

Durbin Meets WIth St. Louis Army Corps Commander To Discuss Metro East Levees

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with Colonel Anthony Mitchell, Commander of the Army Corps of Engineers St. Louis District, to discuss the Metro East levee project and the Mel Price Dam project. "In our meeting today, I strongly urged Colonel Mitchell to require Project Labor Agreements on the levee improvement projects in the Metro East," said Durbin. "The local resident have taken the unique step of taxing themselves to make these improvements - an extraordinar… Continue Reading


09.18.14

Durbin Meets With Chicagoan and President of Kyiv-Mohyla Foundation Who Attended Joint Session of Congress

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with Marta Farion, from Chicago, Illinois, who was invited on Durbin's behalf to be his guest for a Joint Session of Congress earlier this morning. Farion currently serves as president of the Kyiv-Mohyla Foundation, a non-profit organization engaged in assisting higher education in Ukraine through innovative programs and exchanges with U.S. universities. During the Joint Session, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko addressed Congress … Continue Reading


09.18.14

Durbin Statement on Illinois Constiutents Stranded in Mexico Following Hurricane

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today issued the following statement on his efforts to coordinate with the State Department to ensure that Illinois families stranded in Los Cabos, Mexico following Hurricane Odile are remain safe and are able to travel home as soon as possible. "I have heard from dozens of Illinois constituents with friends and family that are among the thousands stranded in Los Cabos, Mexico following Hurricane Odile. I have been working closely with the … Continue Reading


09.17.14

Durbin Announces A More Than $45,000 Investment in Rolling Meadows First-Responder Capabilities

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded a $45,600 grant to the Rolling Meadows Fire Department in the Rolling Meadows, Illinois for fire prevention initiatives. "This federal funding will support the efforts of firefighters and first-responders to prevent fires and other types of emergencies when they occur in the communities they bravely serve," Durbin sa… Continue Reading


09.17.14

Durbin Announces $136,000 Grant For University of Illinois and Parkland College To Help Boost Economic Development in Champaign, Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce's (DOC) Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded $136,625 in funding to the University of Illinois and Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois to help communities overcome economic development challenges through applied research and technical assistance. "Today's funding will support U of I and Parkland College as they research and develop innovative ways to sustain economic gr… Continue Reading


09.17.14

Durbin Announces A More Than $756,000 Investment in Illinois Justice Program To Protect Children From Internet Crimes

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has awarded $756,553 in grants to Illinois agencies to help train officials to investigate and properly prosecute offenders of Internet crimes against children. Today's funding was made available through DOJ's FY14 Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Invited Awards. "Today's funding is an important investment in the Illinois justice system," said Durbin. "This initiative will … Continue Reading


09.17.14

Durbin, Schneider Announce A More Than $119,000 Investment in Libertyville First-Responder Capabilities

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Representative Brad Schneider (D-IL) announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded an $119,114 grant to the Libertyville Fire Department in the Libertyville, Illinois for operations and safety. "This federal funding will support the efforts of firefighters and first-responders to prevent fires and other types of emergencies when they occur in the communities… Continue Reading


09.17.14

Durbin Applauds Decision to Raise Current Pay Scale at VA Hospitals

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today applauded the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Bob McDonald for approving an adjustment to the maximum rates of annual pay for physicians and dentists. Earlier this week, Durbin wrote to McDonald urging him to offer more competitive pay in order to improve recruitment and retention of the best and brightest health care professionals. The letter can be found HERE. "The Veterans Health Administration serves as a critical tr… Continue Reading


09.16.14

Durbin Announces Major Investments in Illinois Justice System Programs

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced today that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has made a major investment in support of important crime prevention research and the enhancement of several justice system programs in Illinois. "Today's funding represents an important investment in the Illinois justice system, research, and victims' services programs." said Durbin. "These initiatives will help promote the fair and cost-effective administration of justice and will h… Continue Reading


09.16.14

Durbin, Enyart, Announce $3.25 Million Grant To Create Jobs and Boost Development in Mount Vernon, Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Representative Bill Enyart (D-IL) and Mount Vernon Mayor Mary Jane Chesley today announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce's (DOC) Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded $3,250,000 in funding to the City of Mount Vernon, Illinois to create jobs and aide the construction of critical infrastructure. The project is expected to create 500 local jobs. "Not only will this federal investment support local construction jobs, it w… Continue Reading


09.16.14

Durbin: CFPB Lawsuit Should Be The End Of The Road For Corinthian Colleges

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) - author of legislation that would improve coordination between federal agencies that oversee the for-profit college industry - once again called on the Department of Education to prohibit new enrollments at Corinthian Colleges, Inc. institutions as several states, including Illinois, have already done. Earlier today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) sued Corinthian Colleges, Inc. for its illegal predatory lending scheme allegi… Continue Reading


09.16.14

Durbin: College Students Are Being Sentenced to Debt

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Following Republican obstruction on the Senate Floor to once again block a vote on the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act - a bill that would allow those with outstanding student loan debt to refinance at the lower interest rates offered to new borrowers this past academic year - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement: "Life is about choices. Each of us have made a choice on education, like where we're going to go to school and what w… Continue Reading


09.16.14

Durbin, Risch Announce Senate National Laboratory Caucus During First Ever National Lab Day on Capitol Hill

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Jim Risch (R-ID) formally announced the launch of the Senate National Laboratory Caucus, which aims to highlight how the national labs help meet the innovation, economic growth, and security goals of the country-making them valuable to states even if they do not host a lab. In addition, the caucus will examine the policy and funding challenges that confront the lab system as a whole. The Senators joined Secretary of Energy Ernest M… Continue Reading

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