Press Releases

07.25.13

Durbin Announces $1.7 Million for Rural Development Project in Sangamon County

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development division has awarded a loan of $1,700,000 to the Round Prairie Water Coop in Sangamon County, Illinois under the Water and Waste Disposal Loan Program. The project will construct extensions to the new water distribution system in Capital and Cotton Hill Townships that, when complete, will serve approximately 388 rural residents. The extensions will handle ex… Continue Reading


07.24.13

Durbin Meets with Mayor of Macomb

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with Macomb, Illinois Mayor Mike Inman. In today's meeting Durbin and Inman discussed the importance of continued federal transportation investment to stimulate economic growth and the need to repair aging infrastructure to revitalize communities. "I was pleased to welcome Macomb Mayor Mike Inman to Washington today to discuss the city's transportation priorities," Durbin said. "This week, I am working in the Senate to protect… Continue Reading


07.24.13

Durbin Meets with Former Macomb Mayor to Discuss His Re-Nomination to Amtrak Board

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with former Mayor of Macomb, Illinois and current member of the Amtrak Board of Directors, Thomas Carper who was recently re-nominated by President Barack Obama to serve on the Amtrak Board. Carper's re-nomination must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. In the meeting, Durbin and Carper discussed the Senate's bill - which is currently being debated - to fund the Department of Transportation and the Department of Housing and Urban… Continue Reading


07.24.13

Durbin Announces a More Than $1.1 Million Investment in Chicagoland 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 $1,125,195 in grants to fire departments and communities across Illinois. Today's funding will help support and improve the capability of each department and community 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 … Continue Reading


07.24.13

Durbin Statement on US District Court Decision Regarding Conflict Minerals

Washington, D.C. - Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement today after the US District Court in Washington DC threw out a challenge to the Security and Exchange Commission's conflict minerals regulations. The regulations would require companies that use key minerals mined in Congo to disclose such usage as part of their Securities and Exchange Commission filings, as well as what measures, if any, they are taking to ensure that they are not purchasing mineral… Continue Reading


07.24.13

Durbin Chairs Hearing on Closing the Prison at Guantanamo Bay

[WASHINGTON, DC] Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) today chaired a hearing to examine the national security, fiscal and human rights implications of closing the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. The hearing was the first on this issue in the Senate since 2009 and comes two months after President Obama's May 23rd national security speech, in which he announced new steps towards the closure of Guantanamo. "The President's authority to close Guantanamo Bay has been limited by Congre… Continue Reading


07.24.13

Durbin Statement on Passage of Bill to Lower Rates for All Students

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement today after the Senate passed a bipartisan bill to lower interest rates for 100% of borrowers who have taken out, or will take out, a new federal student loan after July 1, 2013. "This agreement will ensure students loan rates will fall below the 6.8 percent rate that kicked in on July 1," said Senator Durbin. "Once again we've shown that when both sides work together, we can reach fair … Continue Reading


07.23.13

An Important Tool to Reduce Gun Violence

CSI is one of the hottest shows on television. Brilliant investigative minds use all the tools to catch criminals and make us safer. Now it's time for Illinois law enforcement to use the most basic tool to fight gun violence: tracing crime guns. It costs the police nothing and solves crimes, yet hundreds of Illinois law enforcement agencies still don't use this basic crime-fighting tool. Here's how the crime gun tracing system works. When a gun is recovered in a criminal investigati… Continue Reading


07.22.13

Durbin Reminds Illinoisans of July 24 FEMA Aid Registration Deadline

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today encouraged Illinoisans affected by the storms bringing flash and river flooding between April 16th and May 5th to apply for disaster aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) by the July 24th deadline. To be considered for Federal disaster aid, residents must apply with FEMA even if they have already provided damage information to other agencies or organizations. "This spring's storms and floods are far behind us, but … Continue Reading


07.22.13

Durbin Bill Urges Law Enforcement to Take Advantage of Federal Gun Tracing Resources

[CHICAGO] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today called on law enforcement agencies to take advantage of the federal gun tracing resources available to help them crack down on gun violence. Durbin announced he is introducing a bill that creates strong incentives for law enforcement agencies to report 100 percent of the crime guns they recover to the ATF National Tracing Center, a practice many agencies do not currently follow. Crime gun tracing can help generate leads in criminal investigatio… Continue Reading


07.18.13

Durbin, Bustos: Senate Committee Calls for Activation of Thomson Prison

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (IL-17) today announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee, of which Durbin is a member, today approved funding for the activation of the Thomson correctional facility in Thomson, Illinois at the level that was requested by President Obama in his fiscal year 2014 budget proposal which was delivered to Congress last April. Durbin and Bustos plan to meet with officials from the Department of Justice's … Continue Reading


07.18.13

Durbin: Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Federal Judicial Nominees in Northern & Central District District of Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the Senate Judiciary Committee, of which he is a member, has unanimously approved Sara Ellis and Andrea Wood for federal judgeships on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and Colin Bruce for a federal judgeship on the U.S. District Court in the Central District of Illinois. Their nominations will now proceed to a vote by the full Senate. "Both Sara Ellis and Andrea Wood will make exceptional … Continue Reading


07.18.13

Bipartisan Group of Senators Reach Deal to Lower Rates for All Students

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Richard Burr (R-NC), Angus King (I-ME), Tom Coburn (R-OK), Tom Carper (D-DE), Tom Harkin (D-IA), and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) introduced a bipartisan compromise to lower interest rates for 100% of borrowers who have taken out, or will take out, a new federal student loan after July 1, 2013. "This agreement will ensure students loan rates will fall below the 6.8 percent rate that kicked in o… Continue Reading


07.11.13

Durbin Forwards Recommendations for Federal Judges in the Southern District to White House

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Based on recommendations made by a bipartisan screening committee, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today forwarded a list of names to the White House for consideration when filling vacant judgeships on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. Durbin forwarded the names of the following five individuals - George A. Norwood, Nancy J. Rosenstengel, Stephen Stone, Lisa M. Wood and Staci M. Yandle - to President Obama for consideration for filling judicial … Continue Reading


07.02.13

Durbin Announces a Nearly $1.1 Million Investment in Flood Protection Efforts in Wood Dale, IL

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has awarded a $1,093,748 grant for flood protection efforts in Wood Dale, Illinois. "This federal funding will support flood control efforts in Wood Dale, and help protect the health, safety and welfare of local residents," Durbin said. "Today's investment will help reduce future costs to the local government for emergenc… Continue Reading


06.28.13

Illinois Senators Work to Save Army Corps Stronghold and Its Missions to Prevent Spread of Asian Carp

WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) today applauded passage of their amendment to the Energy and Water Appropriations bill that prevents the removal of critical functions and staff from the Chicago District Office of the Army Corps of Engineers. In June, the Corps of Engineers announced an effort to move Chicago District Office functions to Detroit, potentially impacting more than 200 employees who oversee Corps projects such as Asian Carp, electric barriers … Continue Reading


06.27.13

Durbin and Kirk Collect on Wager with Warren and Cowan on Blackhawks-Bruins Stanley Cup Final

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) collected Legal Seafood's Chowder and Sam Adams beer from Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and William "Mo" Cowan (D-MA) today after their friendly wager of home-state products for National Hockey League's Stanley Cup Finals series between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Boston Bruins. Durbin and Kirk wagered Eli's Cheesecake and 312 beer from Goose Island Brewery in Chicago. The Chicago Blackhawks won the series four game… Continue Reading


06.27.13

Senator Meets with Argonne Board Chairman Following Committee Approval of Appropriations Bill That Preserves Essential Funding for Fermilab and Argonne National Lab

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with Argonne National Laboratory Chairman of the Board and University of Chicago President, Robert Zimmer, following the Senate Appropriations Committee's approval a bill that preserves essential federal funding for scientific research and development programs that will support work at both Argonne National Laboratory and Fermilab. The two labs together employ roughly 4,725 Illinoisans. A photo of today's meeting is available here. … Continue Reading


06.27.13

Durbin: Bill to Fund Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development Protects Illinois Priorities

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee, of which he is a member, has approved a bill to fund the Department of Transportation and the Department of Housing and Urban Development for the 2014 fiscal year that will protect Illinois priorities, promote infrastructure investment and create jobs. TIGER Grant Program Created by Congress in 2009, the TIGER grant program directs the Department of Transportation to invest in a … Continue Reading


06.27.13

Durbin Statement on the Passage of Immigration Reform Bill

Washington, D.C. - Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL), one of the eight authors of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, made the following statement before the Senate voted to approve the measure, 68-32: "First I want to thank the seven Senators who joined with me to reach this moment in history. We came together to see if we could create a bill and in the end, we did much more. We created a friendship and a life experience we will never forget… Continue Reading

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