Press Releases

05.10.13

Durbin, Kirk: Disaster Declaration for Eleven Illinois Counties Will Help Severe Storm Recovery

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) today praised the decision by President Obama to declare eleven Illinois counties - Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Fulton, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, McHenry and Will - federal disaster areas. The President's disaster declaration triggers the release of federal funds to help individuals and businesses recover from severe storms and flooding that began on April 18, 2013. "The severe storms in April caused … Continue Reading


05.09.13

Durbin, Kirk, Delegation Call on President to Provide Federal Relief for Flood Impacted Illinois Counties

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) were joined by the entire Illinois Congressional Delegation today in sending a letter to President Obama asking him to issue a major disaster declaration for the State of Illinois and to provide relief to the 11 Illinois counties affected by a flash and river flooding that occurred last month. A Presidential disaster declaration would allow people impacted by flooding to apply for federal loans and reimbursements to help p… Continue Reading


05.08.13

While Chairing a Hearing on the Air Force's Budget, Durbin Highlights Importance of Scott AFB

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chairman of the Senate's Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, spoke today about the critical role Scott Air Force Base has played in ongoing military actions around the globe at a hearing on the Air Force's FY2014 budget request today. "Scott Air Force Base in southern Illinois is our major air mobility hub, hosting Guard and active duty units as well as U.S. Transportation Command. Members of its Tanker Airlift Control Center have called… Continue Reading


05.08.13

Durbin and Schneider Announce a $57,000 Investment in Glencoe First-Responder Capabilities

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Brad Schneider (D-IL) announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has made a $57,000 investment in the Glencoe Department of Public Safety in Glencoe, Illinois. Today's funding will help support and improve the capability of the department to respond to fires and other types of emergencies. "Our nation's firefighters are called upon day after day… Continue Reading


05.08.13

Durbin Meets with Illinois Fire Chiefs, Announces More Than $156,000 Investment in Illinois First-Responder Capabilities

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has awarded $156,217 in grants to fire departments and municipalities throughout Illinois. Today, Durbin also met with the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association, led by Executive Director and retired Orland Fire Protection District Fire Chief Robert Buhs, to discuss the importance of these grants, fire safety issues, and the grou… Continue Reading


05.08.13

Durbin and Kelly Announce a More Than $13,000 Investment in Kankakee First-Responder Capabilities

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Robin Kelly (D-IL) announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has made a $13,239 investment in the Kankakee Township Fire Protection District in Kankakee, Illinois for fire prevention. Today's funding will help support and improve the capability of the department to respond to fires and other types of emergencies. "Our nation's first-responders … Continue Reading


05.07.13

Durbin Meets with Champaign County Officials to Discuss Local Priorities

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with leaders from Champaign County First who were in Washington, D.C. for their annual fly-in to discuss local economic development and transportation priorities, including job-creating high speed rail and road construction projects. A photo from today's meeting is available here. Attendees at today's meeting included: Champaign Mayor Don Gerard, Champaign County Board President Alan Kurtz, Champaign Councilman Tom Bruno, Village … Continue Reading


05.06.13

Durbin: Majority of Senate Stood Up for Main Street Businesses Today

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today celebrate the Senate's overwhelming approval of a bill he co-authored to level the playing for Main Street businesses by allowing local brick-and-mortar retailers to compete more effectively against out-of-state internet sellers. The bill must now be considered by the House of Representatives where a bipartisan group of 66 Representatives have already signed on as cosponsors of the legislation. "I am proud to have joined sixty-nine … Continue Reading


05.06.13

Durbin, Maloney Re-Introduce Family and Medical Leave Inclusion Act

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) introduced the Family and Medical Leave Inclusion Act today, which will allow employees to take unpaid leave to care for a same-sex spouse or partner, parent-in-law, adult child, sibling, grandchild or grandparent. "Regardless of the make-up of one's family, all employees should be given the same rights to care for a sick loved one in a time of need," Durbin said. "For 20 years, … Continue Reading


05.03.13

Durbin, Kirk, Schneider Visit Great Lakes Naval Station LEARN Charter School

[NORTH CHICAGO] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today visited Great Lakes Naval Station with Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) and U.S. Representative Brad Schneider (D-IL-10) to discuss the future of the station with Base Commander CAPT Randy Lynch and other leaders. Earlier this year Durbin was named the chairman of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, which oversees funding for the military and intelligence community, the nation's security requirements and the daily needs of over two mil… Continue Reading


05.02.13

Durbin: Court Ruling Will Clear the Air for Amtrak and Metra Passengers at Union Station

[CHICAGO] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today applauded U.S. Federal Court Judge Harry Leinenweber's approval of a Consent Decree that requires the owner of the former main Chicago Post Office, International Property Developers (IPD), to operate all the exhaust fans "seven (7) days a week, twenty-four (24) hours a day" to provide ventilation for the tracks at Union Station in Chicago. The Consent Decree also allows regular inspections by Amtrak, which owns the station through its Chicago Un… Continue Reading


05.02.13

Durbin Statement on President Obama's Nomination of Penny Pritzker as Commerce Secretary

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement today after President Obama nominated Penny Pritzker as his next Commerce Secretary: "In the world of business Penny Pritzker has broken through the glass ceiling with her extraordinary intelligence and business acumen. I believe Penny will bring a new perspective to a Department that is charged with leading America forward in business growth and job creation. I look forward to supporting her nomination and work… Continue Reading


05.01.13

Durbin, Enyart to Students and Parents: Beware Dramatic Differences Between Student Loan Options

[GRANITE CITY, IL.] - College-bound high school seniors who must decide today which school they will attend in the fall should take care to exhaust every federal financial aid option available to them before turning to private student loans, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) said today while meeting with students and their parents at Granite City High School. Noting that two-thirds of student loan borrowers were not aware of the difference between federal students loans and risky, higher-interest… Continue Reading


05.01.13

Durbin Announces a More Than $322,000 Investment in Illinois 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 $322,233 in grants to fire departments and municipalities throughout Illinois. Today's funding will help support and improve the capability of the department to respond to fires and other types of emergencies. "Our nation's firefighters are called upon day after day to protect America's citizens," Durbin said. "As … Continue Reading


05.01.13

Durbin and Schneider Announce a More Than $54,000 Investment in Zion First-Responder Capabilities

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Brad Schneider (D-IL) announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has made a $54,450 investment in the Zion Fire and Rescue Department in Zion, Illinois for fire prevention and safety. Today's funding will help support and improve the capability of the department to respond to fires and other types of emergencies. Last month, Durbin and Schneider ann… Continue Reading


05.01.13

Durbin and Bustos Announce a More Than $23,000 Investment in Peoria First-Responder Capabilities

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL) announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has made a $23,600 investment in the Peoria Fire Department in Peoria, Illinois for fire prevention and safety. Today's funding will help support and improve the capability of the department to respond to fires and other types of emergencies. "Our nation's firefighters are called upo… Continue Reading


05.01.13

Durbin and Kelly Announce a More Than $123,000 Investment in Lansing First-Responder Capabilities

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Robin Kelly (D-IL) announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has made a $123,287 investment in the Lansing Fire Department in Lansing, Illinois. Today's funding will help support and improve the capability of the department to respond to fires and other types of emergencies. "Our nation's first-responders are called upon day after day to protec… Continue Reading


04.30.13

Durbin: White House Nominates Three to Fill Federal Judicial Vacancies in Central & Southern Districts

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that President Obama will nominate Sara Ellis and Andrea Wood to fill two current vacancies on the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Illinois. President Obama also announced his intent to nominate Colin Bruce to fill a vacancy on the U.S. District Court in the Central District of Illinois that will open up on June 30th. "All three of the President's nominees are excellent candidates for federal judgeships in … Continue Reading


04.26.13

Senators Durbin, Lautenberg, Harkin, and Blumenthal Introduce Legislation to Stop Tobacco Smuggling, Close Tobacco Tax Loopholes, and Increase Federal Tobacco Taxes

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), Tom Harkin (D-IA), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) have introduced the "Tobacco Tax and Enforcement Reform Act," legislation that would reduce illegal tobacco trafficking, eliminate tax disparities between different tobacco products, and increase the federal excise tax rate on tobacco products. The legislation lays out a comprehensive set of reforms that would help the federal government and states collect billions … Continue Reading


04.25.13

Durbin: Stricter Requirements, Harsher Penalties & More Transparency Needed in S.S. Badger Deal

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - In comments filed with the Department of Justice, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today said that the consent decree formally lodged by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last month should specify larger reductions of coal ash discharges - a 40% reduction in 2013 and a 60 % reduction in 2014 - and include stricter penalties if the S.S. Badger does not meet those requirements. Durbin also called for an explicit agreement that no more extensions will be granted to the … Continue Reading

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