Press Releases

11.12.10

Durbin: Success of Cape Air in Downstate Communities Creates Opportunity for Continued Essential Air Service

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the Department of Transportation will begin soliciting proposals from air carriers interested in providing service starting December 1, 2011 in the communities of Quincy and Marion/Herrin. The current provider Cape Air - whose contract with the Department is schedule to expire on November 30, 2011 - has dramatically increased ridership on flights to and from both communities. "The success of Cape Air… Continue Reading


11.08.10

Durbin Calls on Federal Agencies to Investigate Air Quality on Passenger Rail

[CHICAGO] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today sent letters to the heads of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA), the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), asking them to review the findings of an investigative report by the Chicago Tribune which showed that Metra commuters and workers may be exposed to excessively high levels of diesel soot. Diesel exhaust contains many air pollutants… Continue Reading


11.05.10

Durbin Announces $2.2 Million for Keith Creek Flood Mitigation

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded $2,226,740 in grant funding to the City of Rockford for flood mitigation efforts. The funding was awarded under FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program which provides grants to state and local governments to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures after a major disaster declaration. "Today's funding is welcome news for the residents and businesses who have been… Continue Reading


10.28.10

Durbin: Expansion of Chrysler Plant in Belvidere will Allow Company to Create or Retain Jobs

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today commended the decision by Chrysler Group LLC to invest $600 million in expanding the company's Belvidere Assembly Plant in Northern Illinois. The expansion project will allow Chrysler to retain 1,950 jobs on two full shifts. The upgraded facilities would also support more than 500 contract employees and create the possibility of adding a third shift. "Over the years the Belvidere plant has changed with the nation's auto market but it… Continue Reading


10.28.10

Durbin Announces Nearly $7.7 Million in DOT Funding for Illinois Green Transportation Projects

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that four Illinois public transit projects will receive a total of $7,696,184 in funding through the Department of Transportation's Transportation Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction (TIGGER) II and Clean Fuels grant programs. This funding is part of $156.2 million made available by the Department of Transportation to encourage transit projects that promote the usage and development of energy efficient techn… Continue Reading


10.25.10

Durbin, Harkin Announce $230 Million in Funding for New Rail Service from Chicago to Iowa City through the Quad Cities

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tom Harkin (D-IA) announced that $230 million in federal funding was awarded today by the Department of Transportation for a new Amtrak route between Chicago and Iowa City through the Quad Cities. The project - scheduled for completion in 2015 - will create 588 jobs per year for the first four years of design and construction. Once initiated, the new service is expected to increase business activity at $25 million per year. "Securing su… Continue Reading


10.25.10

Durbin Announces an Additional $7 Million in Funding for Illinois Related Rail Projects

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - In addition to the $230 million in funding announced earlier today for Chicago-Quad Cities-Iowa City route, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded nearly $7 million in funding to two rail projects that will positively impact Illinois rail. The $236.9 million in total funding for projects affecting Illinois will support a regional effort by nine Midwestern States to build an integrated high speed rail network. These state… Continue Reading


10.20.10

Durbin Announces More Than $2.35 Million in Funding For South Suburban Chicago Development Initiative

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded a $2,351,848 Community Challenge Planning grant to the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association to help fund a residential development plan that will foster job growth in the region. "This funding will promote job growth, improve livability, and create more sustainable communities in south suburban Chicago," said Durbin. … Continue Reading


10.15.10

Bean, Durbin Announce $2.8 Million for EJ&E Mitigation

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Congresswoman Melissa Bean and Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the City of Barrington will receive a $2.8 million grant to fund 100 percent of the planning, designing and engineering of a grade separation at the U.S. Route 14 and Eastern Joliet & Elgin (EJ&E) Railway crossing. The funding was awarded today by the Department of Transportation through the Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER II) program. "These funds … Continue Reading


10.15.10

Durbin Announces $22.8 Million in TIGER II Funding for Job Creating Transportation Projects in Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that three Illinois transportation projects will receive a total of $22.8 million in funding through the Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER II) program. Nearly $19 billion in bids were submitted nationwide for the $600 million that was awarded today by the Department of Transportation through the Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER II) program created i… Continue Reading


10.15.10

Durbin, Ardis Announce $10 Million for Peoria Warehouse District

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Mayor of Peoria Jim Ardis announced that the City of Peoria will receive a $10 million grant to design and build a complete street network that is safe, walkable and attractive in the Warehouse District. This project is a key component of the city's plan for revitalizing the Warehouse District which will create jobs and promote economic development. The funding was awarded today by the Department of Transportation through the Transportat… Continue Reading


10.14.10

Durbin Announces $4.25 Million in Funding for Go To 2040 Sustainable Community Planning Initiative

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded a $4,250,000 Sustainable Communities Regional Planning grant to the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) to help advance its GO TO 2040 community planning initiative. "GO TO 2040 is a forward-thinking plan that will help Chicagoland maintain its position as one of the nation's foremost economic and cultural centers," s… Continue Reading


10.14.10

Durbin, Costello, Shimkus, to Convene Regional Levee Meeting

[WASHINGTON, D. C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Congressmen Jerry Costello (D-IL) and John Shimkus (R-IL) announced today that they will convene a meeting to develop a regional plan to address upgrading Southern Illinois levees. Age and uneven maintenance have raised concerns about their future ability to withstand a major flood. "With more than 85% of the nation's 100,000 miles of levees locally owned and maintained, recent budget shortfalls and shifting priorities have made it di… Continue Reading


10.12.10

Durbin Urges IRS to Investigate Spending by Crossroads GPS

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) urged the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to quickly investigate the tax status of Crossroads GPS and other organizations that are directing millions of dollars into political advertising without disclosing their funding sources. U.S. tax law requires that the primary purpose of 501(c)(4) organizations, like Crossroads GPS, cannot be political, including the "participation or intervention in political campaigns." "I writ… Continue Reading


10.12.10

Durbin Supports Chrysler Application for Funding to Create or Retain Over 2,000 Jobs

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today sent a letter to the Department of Energy in support of Chrysler's application for funding to help finance facility, tooling, and equipment upgrades designed to raise production capabilities at the Belvidere, Illinois plant. The project will allow Chrysler to retain 1,950 jobs on two full shifts. The upgraded facilities would also support more than 500 contract employees and create the possibility of adding a third shift. On July 6… Continue Reading


10.12.10

Durbin Statement on TCF's Court Challenge of Interchange Law

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement today after Minnesota-based TCF National Bank filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a Durbin-authored law regarding interchange fees. The bipartisan language passed as part of the Wall Street reform act, requires the Federal Reserve to determine if the current interchange fee structure is both "reasonable and proportional" to the real cost of processing a debit card transactio… Continue Reading


10.06.10

Durbin: FutureGen 2.0 Site Selection Process an Opportunity for Illinois Communities to Lead Nation in Technology and Job Creation

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) called the announcement of a competitive site selection process for FutureGen 2.0 an exciting opportunity for Illinois communities to be on the forefront of clean coal research and technology. Earlier today, the FutureGen Industrial Alliance announced details of a process that will lead to the selection of an Illinois site for the storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) collected at an Ameren Energy Resources power plant in Meredosia, Illinois. The F… Continue Reading


10.05.10

Durbin Announces Nearly $10 Million in DOT Grant Funding for Public Transportation in Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Transit Administration has awarded a total of $9,868,000 in grant funding to five municipal governments and transit districts outside of Northeastern Illinois. The funding will be used to improve and maintain public transit systems, as well as renovate and expand public transit buildings. The Illinois Department of Transportation will administer this gran… Continue Reading


10.05.10

Durbin: Bill to Award Muhammad Yunus Congressional Gold Medal Signed by President Obama

[WASHINGTON, DC] - President Obama signed a bill to award Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus a Congressional Gold Medal today. The bill, introduced by Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Robert Bennett (R-UT), recognizes Dr. Yunus as a leading figure in the effort to fight poverty and promote economic and social opportunity. "Dr. Muhammad Yunus believes overcoming poverty is not just a gesture of charity; it is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental… Continue Reading


10.04.10

Durbin Statement on DOJ Interchange Settlement with Visa and MasterCard

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement today after the Department of Justice announced they had reached a settlement with Visa and MasterCard that would require the two companies to allow merchants to offer discounts, incentives, and information to consumers to encourage the use of payment methods that are less costly. "I'm pleased that the Department of Justice has recognized what we have long argued - that Visa and MasterCa… Continue Reading

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