Press Releases

06.13.13

Durbin, Kirk Applaud Decision to Make Public Assistance Available to Fifteen Additional Illinois Counties

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) today applauded the decision by President Obama to make Public Assistance funding available to fifteen additional Illinois counties - Calhoun, Carroll, Cass, Greene, Hancock, Lawrence, McDonough, Monroe, Morgan, Peoria, Schuyler, Scott, Shelby, Tazewell and Will - that were affected by flash and river flooding that occurred in April. Public Assistance eligibility allows the State of Illinois, local governme… Continue Reading


06.12.13

Durbin, Kirk, Warren, and Cowan Place Friendly Wager on Blackhawks-Bruins Stanley Cup Final

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Mark Kirk (R-IL) and William "Mo" Cowan (D-MA) today put home-state products on the line as they announced a friendly wager on the National Hockey League's Stanley Cup Finals series between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Boston Bruins. Senators Durbin and Kirk have wagered Chicago's famous Eli's cheesecake and 312 beer from Goose Island Brewery while Senators Warren and Cowan countered with Legal Seafood's Chowd… Continue Reading


06.12.13

Durbin Praises Northern Illinois University at Senate Hearing Examining For-Profit Colleges & DOD Education Programs

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - While chairing a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) praised the work that Northern Illinois University has done to make serving veterans and servicemembers a priority. During an April 3, 2013 visit to Northern Illinois University, Durbin sat down with several student veterans and program administrators to discuss their experience and hear how the Military Student Services office has improved their life on campus… Continue Reading


06.12.13

Durbin Raises Concerns Over Collection of Americans' Personal Information by Government Agencies

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) raised concerns today at a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Committee with National Security Agency Director General Keith Alexander over Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which has been reportedly been used to obtain the phone records of hundreds of millions of Americans and can also be used to obtain other sensitive personal information, including medical records, internet search records, tax records, and credit card records. "Over the … Continue Reading


06.10.13

Durbin Statement on Senate Passage of Farm Bill That Provides Certainty for American Farmers

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced passage of the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013 (S.954) which will save roughly $24 billion over the next 10 years compared to pre-sequestration budget levels. The farm bill, which passed the Senate by a bipartisan vote of 66-27, makes significant reforms to American agriculture policy by ending four different commodity subsidy programs and replacing them with more market-driven programs that make payments when … Continue Reading


06.10.13

Durbin Promotes Illinois Rail Priorities To Committee Writing Amtrak Reauthorization Bill

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) - who met with President Obama's nominee for Secretary of Transportation, Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina Anthony Foxx last week - today urged members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation to include several Illinois priorities in their Amtrak and Rail Safety Reauthorization legislation. Illinois has the second largest rail network in the country, with over 7,300 miles of railroad track. "Last year, the Senate c… Continue Reading


06.07.13

Durbin Hosts Gun Violence Listening Session with Rockford Area Law Enforcement Officials

[ROCKFORD] - In preparation for the Congressional debate on gun violence expected to begin later this month, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today met with law enforcement leaders from the Rockford area to discuss the strategies being used to reduce violent crime and prevent mass shootings in the city and surrounding communities and what Congress can do to help. "The slayings of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School shocked th… Continue Reading


06.06.13

Durbin Statement on NSA Phone Tracking and the Patriot Act

Washington, D.C. - Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement today after it was reported that the National Security Agency secretly obtained phone records of Verizon calls made by innocent Americans in the United States. "For over a decade, we've debated how best to protect America from terrorism while preserving the most basic constitutional rights," Durbin said. "Today's revelation is disturbing, but it should not be surprising. I have tried to reform th… Continue Reading


06.04.13

Durbin Meets with New Energy Secretary

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to discuss the Department of Energy's commitment to moving forward with FutureGen 2.0 in Meredosia, Illinois and the importance of continued federal funding for scientific research and development programs that support work at Argonne National Laboratory and Fermilab. Prior to being confirmed last month by a vote of 97 to 0 in the U.S. Senate, Moniz was the Director of the Energy Initiative at t… Continue Reading


06.04.13

Durbin and Kelly Meet to Discuss Transportation, Economic Development Priorities

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with U.S. Representative Robin Kelly (D-IL) to discuss constituent services and economic development priorities in Illinois's 2nd congressional district, including job-creating infrastructure projects and efforts to train and educate workers in advanced manufacturing. "I am pleased to welcome Congresswoman Kelly to Illinois' congressional delegation. In her first few weeks in office, Congresswoman Kelly has already proven hersel… Continue Reading


06.04.13

Durbin Meets with Polish Foreign Minister to Discuss Visa Waiver Program

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with Polish Foreign Minister Rados?aw Sikorski and members of the Senate Appropriations Committee to discuss continued U.S. - Polish economic and military ties, as well as the possible inclusion of Poland in the Visa Waiver Program. "After working for years to allow Poland to qualify for the Visa Waiver Entry Program, I made sure this provision was part of the comprehensive immigration reform bill scheduled to come before the Se… Continue Reading


05.30.13

Durbin and Kelly Announce a More Than $106,000 Investment in Flossmoor 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 $106,400 investment in the Flossmoor Fire Department in Flossmoor, Illinois for operations and funding. 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 call… Continue Reading


05.30.13

Durbin and Schneider Announce a Nearly $18,000 Investment in Libertyville 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 $17,793 investment in the Libertyville Fire Department in Libertyville, Illinois for operations and safety. Today's funding will help support and improve the capability of the department to respond to fires and other types of emergencies. "As we have seen this week, our … Continue Reading


05.30.13

Durbin, Quinn: STB Decision Prevents Time Deadlines from Allowing CN to Evade Responsibility to IL Communities

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Illinois Governor Pat Quinn today applauded a decision by the Surface Transportation Board (STB) to ensure that Canadian National (CN) pays their fair share for critical grade separations in Lynwood and Aurora, Illinois and does not evade its responsibility to fund these mitigation efforts due to time deadlines. Today, the STB extended the deadline by which construction must start on these projects in order to maintain CN's requirement to … Continue Reading


05.29.13

Durbin, Kirk Meet with U.S. Attorney Nominee Zachary Fardon to Urge Forceful Prosecution of Gun and Gang Violence in Chicago

[CHICAGO] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) today met with U.S. Attorney for the Northern District nominee Zachary Fardon to discuss his confirmation process and the need to prioritize prosecution of violent crime in the U.S. Attorney's office upon his confirmation. Durbin and Kirk urged Fardon to use the full power of the office to pursue and prosecute violent criminals in Chicago and across the Northern District. "Zachary Fardon is a dynamic pick for U.S. … Continue Reading


05.28.13

Durbin, Bustos Meet with Rockford Law Enforcement Officials to Discuss Crime Reduction Strategy

[ROCKFORD, IL] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17) met today with senior federal, county and local law enforcement officials to be briefed about the violent crime facing Rockford and the law enforcement response. The meeting focused on ensuring cooperation between law enforcement agencies on crime prevention efforts and making sure important information is shared between jurisdictions. "While overall crime rates are down this year compared to 201… Continue Reading


05.21.13

Durbin Statement on Committee Approval of Bipartisan Immigration Bill

[WASHINGTON, DC] Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement today after the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act, sending the bipartisan measure the to the full Senate for consideration. Durbin was one of the bipartisan members of the so-called Gang of Eight that authored the measure. "Over the years, we have made serious efforts to pass comprehensive immigration reform, but we have … Continue Reading


05.21.13

Announcement of USAID's First-ever Global Water and Development Strategy

This is an historic day in the long fight against global poverty and disease and conflict - a fight that my visionary predecessor Senator Paul Simon started long before I joined this institution. In the 111th Congress, Senator Corker and I introduced the Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act in the Senate. Congressman Blumenauer introduced the same bill in the House. The legislation passed the full Senate in late 2010 with broad bipartisan support. While it did not pass in the H… Continue Reading


05.19.13

Durbin, Gutierrez Optimistic on Prospects for Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill

[CHICAGO] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today provided an update on the Senate's negotiations over the comprehensive immigration reform bill he helped draft and said he is optimistic about the proposal's chances for passage. Durbin was a member of the bipartisan Gang of Eight that introduced the bill in April after several months of negotiations and sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is currently considering the legislation. "When I return to Washington tomorrow, the Senate J… Continue Reading


05.16.13

Durbin Announces A More Than $46,000 Investment in North Park 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 made a $46,125 investment in the North Park Fire Protection District in Machesney Park, Illinois for operations 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 first-responders are called upon day after day to prote… Continue Reading

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