Press Releases

02.22.10

Durbin Statement on Obama Health Care Proposal

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) made the following statement regarding President Obama's health insurance reform proposal that was released earlier today: "The President's health reform proposal brings together the best of the current healthcare proposal - including both Republican and Democratic ideas. President Obama's plan to give access to affordable health care to over 31 million Americans who currently don't have it today, will put families not insurance companies … Continue Reading


02.19.10

Durbin and Whitehouse React to Report on Torture Authorizations

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today reacted to the release of a report on the Office of Professional Responsibility's (OPR) investigation of Justice Department attorneys who provided legal advice regarding waterboarding and other abusive interrogation techniques for the Bush Administration. Whitehouse and Durbin first requested the investigation in a February 12, 2008 letter to OPR and the Office of Inspector General during the previous Ad… Continue Reading


02.19.10

Durbin Announces Nearly $600,000 in Recovery Act Funding for Emergency Preparedness in Cook and Peoria Counties

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded three Local Energy Assurance Planning (LEAP) grants to Chicago, Hoffman Estates, and Peoria totaling $598,556 through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The grants will allow local governments to expand their capabilities to respond to a variety of energy emergencies including blackouts, hurricanes, floods, ice storms, and possible terroris… Continue Reading


02.19.10

Durbin Announces Nearly $3 Million in Recovery Act Funding for Rural Water Projects in Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C] - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $2,895,000 in loans and grants funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for two rural Illinois water system improvement projects. Today's announcement is part of a nationwide announcement of $128.1 million in funding for water and environmental projects that will help provide safe drinking water and protect the environment in … Continue Reading


02.19.10

Durbin Announces Nearly $12 Million in Recovery Act Funding for DeKalb Broadband Internet

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the Department of Commerce (DOC) has awarded $11,864,164 to DeKalb County through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to improve access to broadband internet through the DeKalb Advancement of Technology Authority. The funding will be used to deploy a 130-mile high-speed, low-cost fiber-optic broadband network across DeKalb County and northern LaSalle County. "Broadband is an important economi… Continue Reading


02.18.10

Durbin Announces More than $1.1 Million in FEMA Grants to Illinois Fire Departments

[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 18 grants totaling $1,106,850 to fire departments throughout Illinois for vehicle acquisition, operations, and safety. "Our nation's firefighters are called upon day after day to protect America's citizens," Durbin said. "As these brave men and women put themselves in harm's way, we must ensure that they are equipp… Continue Reading


02.16.10

Durbin Announces $128 Million in Recovery Act Funding for Job Creating 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 $128 million in funding through the Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program. Nearly $57 billion in bids were submitted nationwide for the $1.5 billion that was made available for TIGER grants through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Durbin was a leader in the effort to include TIGER program fun… Continue Reading


02.13.10

Durbin, Brown to Travel to Africa this Week

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) will travel to Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, and Sudan this week to examine US foreign assistance programs in the region. Durbin and Brown's trip will focus on global health, maternal/infant mortality, clean water, sanitation, refugee, and economic development activities. The Senators will also discuss regional peacekeeping and diplomatic issues. Due to security c… Continue Reading


02.12.10

Durbin Announces More than $800,000 in FEMA Grants to Illinois Fire Departments

[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 15 grants totaling $829,677 to fire departments and emergency medical service organizations throughout Illinois for operations and safety. "Our nation's firefighters are called upon day after day to protect America's citizens," Durbin said. "As these brave men and women put themselves in harm's way, we must ensure … Continue Reading


02.12.10

Durbin Announces over $34 Million in Recovery Act Funding to Improve Quality and Efficiency of Health Care in Illinois

?[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded a total of $34,033,172 in funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to two Illinois universities and the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services to improve the quality and efficiency of health care in Illinois by allowing health providers to securely share and access vital health information electronically."Bec… Continue Reading


02.12.10

Durbin Announces $500,000 in Funding for Chicago Rockford International Airport

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced today that the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has awarded $500,000 in funding to the Chicago Rockford International Airport to help recruit carriers and develop low-fare service to major business centers in the United States. Durbin sent a letter in October in support of the airport's application under the Small Community Air Service Development Program."Rockford airport has proven to be a viable commerc… Continue Reading


02.08.10

Durbin Commends Obama Administration for Coordinated Effort to Control Asian Carp

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) today released the following statement after the release of the Obama Administration's Asian Carp Control Strategy Framework which coordinates the efforts of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Interior Department and the U.S. Coast Guard to combat the spread of Asian Carp. "The effort to control Asian Carp received an unprecedented investment from the Obama Administration t… Continue Reading


02.05.10

Durbin Announces $3 Million in Recovery Act Funding to Promote Public Health

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced today that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded Illinois $3,122,372 in funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to support efforts to improve public health by reducing obesity, increasing physical activity, improving nutrition, and decreasing smoking - the four most important actions for combating chronic diseases and promoting health. Of today's funding, $1.5 mill… Continue Reading


02.03.10

Durbin Announces More Than $2.2 Million in FEMA Grants to Illinois Fire Departments

[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 27 grants totaling $2,269,028 to fire departments and emergency medical service organizations throughout Illinois for vehicle acquisition, operations, and safety. "Our nation's firefighters are called upon day after day to protect America's citizens," Durbin said. "As these brave men and women put themselves in harm's … Continue Reading


02.02.10

Durbin Meets with Canadian National CEO to Discuss Mitigation and Amtrak On Time Performance

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin today met with the new CEO of Canadian National (CN), Claude Mongeau, to discuss the company's mitigation efforts along the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Railway (EJ&E) and improving Amtrak on time performance. On December 24, the Surface Transportation Board approved CN's acquisition of the EJ&E Railway despite strong opposition from local communities in Illinois that will experience dramatic increases in freight traffic."With a historic invest… Continue Reading


02.02.10

Durbin Sends Letter to Technology Firms Regarding Internet Freedom in China

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) today sent letters to 30 information and communications technology companies, including Apple, Facebook, Skype, and Twitter, seeking information about their human rights practices in China following the recent revelation that Google was the subject of a sophisticated cyber-attack in that country. In response to the attack, Google announced it will no longer cooperate with Chinese internet censorship efforts and has threaten… Continue Reading


02.01.10

Durbin: President Obama's Budget Focused on Job Creation and Reducing Federal Deficit

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) said the budget President Obama delivered to Congress today will help put millions of Americans back to work, build a new foundation for long-term prosperity and continue restoring fiscal responsibility. "Each year, the President has a chance to clearly articulate his vision and his priorities through his budget. Today's budget is a vision for the future that is focused on creating jobs and rebuilding our economy," said Durbin. "This budget i… Continue Reading


01.30.10

Durbin Statement on Funding for Amtrak Service to the Quad Cities

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) today praised the effort by the State of Illinois to bring Amtrak service to the Quad Cities. Durbin has helped bring together Amtrak, federal, state and local officials in order to secure high speed rail for Illinois and the Midwest and to extend new service from Chicago to Rockford and the Quad Cities. Durbin also added that in addition to the recently announced $8 billion in federal high speed rail funds, Congress includ… Continue Reading


01.30.10

Durbin Statement on Funding for Amtrak Service to Rockford

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) today praised the effort by the State of Illinois to bring Amtrak service to Rockford. Durbin has helped bring together Amtrak, federal, state and local officials in order to secure high speed rail for Illinois and the Midwest and to extend new service from Chicago to Rockford and the Quad Cities. Durbin also added that in addition to the recently announced $8 billion in federal high speed rail funds, Congress included $2.5… Continue Reading


01.30.10

Governor Quinn, Senator Durbin Announce Exelon Corporation Joining FutureGen Alliance

CHICAGO - January 30, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin today announced that the Exelon Corporation will join ranks alongside some of the world's largest energy corporations as a member of the FutureGen Alliance. Exelon's membership signals critical support ahead of the U.S. Department of Energy's (USDOE) pending decision to move ahead on FutureGen construction."As one of the nation's largest electric utilities and energy providers, Exelon's partnership on this project provid… Continue Reading

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