Press Releases

05.12.10

Durbin Statement on his Meeting with Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) made the following statement today after meeting with Supreme Court nominee, Solicitor General Elena Kagan: "Elena Kagan has extraordinary academic credentials, a long and impressive resume and has been a trailblazer both as the first woman Solicitor General and the first woman Dean of Harvard Law School. As Solicitor General, she is the nation's top lawyer and has argued six cases before the Supreme Cou… Continue Reading


05.12.10

Durbin Announces More than $600,000 in FEMA Grants for Illinois Fire Protection Services

[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 5 grants totaling $602,555 to fire departments and protection services 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 that the… Continue Reading


05.11.10

Durbin Leads Effort to Improve School Meals

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) today introduced legislation to fund a competitive program that would bring together nutritional and academic experts, members of the community and local schools to produce innovative ideas to improve food quality, student choices in food and healthy school environments. Earlier today, Durbin met with Chef Rachel Ray to discuss reauthorization of child nutrition programs and her effort to help children develo… Continue Reading


05.10.10

Durbin Statement on Nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) made the following statement regarding the nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the United States Supreme Court. "I applaud President Obama's decision to nominate Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. Ms. Kagan is a remarkable lawyer who has worked in private practice, clerked for Illinois' own Judge Abner Mikva and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, served as a Senate staff m… Continue Reading


05.07.10

Durbin: Interchange Fee Stunts Small Business Growth, Leads to Higher Prices for Consumers

[CHICAGO, IL] - Small businesses are being squeezed and consumers are paying higher prices as a result of rising interchange fees assessed by credit card companies each time a credit or debit card is used, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) said today as he announced legislation he plans to offer to fix the problem. "Higher interchange fees for businesses mean higher costs for retailers and consumers," said Durbin. "Every time you make a purchase with plastic, the bank that issued … Continue Reading


05.06.10

Durbin Announces One-Year Extension for Firefighters at 183rd

[WASHINGTON, DC] - The F-16 maintenance mission and the National Guard firefighter unit at Springfield's Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport have been granted a one-year extension through September 2011, Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced today. The Adjutant General of the State of Illinois, Major General William Enyart informed Durbin of the temporary extension of the 183rd Fighter Wing's F-16 maintenance mission. "I want to thank General Enyart for his… Continue Reading


05.06.10

Durbin Announces Nearly $2.9 Million in FEMA Grants for Illinois Fire and Ambulance Services

[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 17 grants totaling $2,858,359 to fire protection and ambulance services 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,… Continue Reading


05.05.10

Durbin Asks IG to Investigate Potential Misuse of Federal Funds by Metra Director

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - After learning that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has increased its oversight of federal funds that have been allocated to Metra, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today called on the Department of Transportation's Inspector General, Calvin Scovel, to investigate whether any federal funds given to Metra were misused or used in any unauthorized way. Durbin's request comes just days after Metra's Board or Directors voted to hire an outside legal counsel … Continue Reading


05.05.10

Durbin Presses for Information on Compliance with Mine Safety Standards

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - As Congress weighs federal standards and enforcement of mine safety law in the wake of the recent tragedy at Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today sent a letter to Illinois Department of Natural Resources requesting data and information on how well Illinois coal companies are complying with current safety standards. "In light of the recent tragedy at Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia resulting in the death of 29… Continue Reading


05.05.10

Durbin Leads Senators in Asking for Funding to Implement Asian Carp Plan

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today led a group of Senators in asking a Senate Committee to include $20 million to fund the United States Fish and Wildlife Service's (USFWS) Management and Control Plan for Bighead, Black, Grass, and Silver Carps in the United States in the FY11 Interior and related agencies appropriations bill. The Senators wrote: "The USFWS estimates that it would take $277 million over 20 years to implement the full plan. We are asking … Continue Reading


05.04.10

Durbin Announces Funding for Illinois Bike Trails

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced the Illinois recipients of $2,850,000 in federal transportation funding for bike and pedestrian trail enhancements and improvements. Durbin secured this funding in 2009 as part of the Omnibus Appropriations Act. "Bike trails are growing in popularity across our state," said Durbin. "Incorporating bike paths, bike lanes and sidewalks into the transportation system encourages physical activity and healthy lif… Continue Reading


04.30.10

Illinois Transportation Secretary and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin Announce Grand Opening of MacArthur Boulevard Extension

[SPRINGFIELD] - Illinois Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig was joined by U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, Springfield Mayor Tim Davlin and other state and local officials at a ceremonial ribbon cutting today to mark the grand opening of the MacArthur Boulevard Extension and the new interchange with Interstate 72. The $46.9 million dollar project created 525 construction related jobs and provides access to approximately 900 acres of land to the north of I-72 for new development. … Continue Reading


04.28.10

Durbin Announces Nearly $4.2 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 24 grants totaling $4,170,473 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 th… Continue Reading


04.28.10

Durbin Announces a Nearly $1 Million FEMA Grant for Fire Prevention and Safety Research at University of Illinois

[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 a $999,801 grant to the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for fire prevention and safety research. "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 … Continue Reading


04.27.10

Durbin to Fiscal Commission: We Must Ask the Right Questions to Find the Right Answers

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) participated in the first meeting of the bipartisan National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform today, where he urged the other members of the Commission to focus on the long-term goal of making smart investments in our country's future while sensibly managing our national debts, rather than only focusing on short-term discussions of spending cuts and tax increases. "To solve the problem of our… Continue Reading


04.26.10

Durbin Reconvenes Bipartisan Screening Committee; Calls for Applications to Fill Federal Judgeship in Central District

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin today announced that he will ask a bipartisan screening committee to meet again to assist in selecting a Federal District Court Judge for the Central District of Illinois. At the end of February, Judge Joe Billy McDade took senior status, creating a third vacancy in the Central District. The other two vacancies were created by the announced retirements of Judge Michael Mihm and Judge Jeanne Scott, and Senator Durbin has previously sub… Continue Reading


04.23.10

Durbin Announces $4.5 Million in Grant Funding for O'Hare Noise Mitigation at Roosevelt Elementary

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced today that the Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded a $4,500,000 grant to the City of Chicago for noise mitigation at Roosevelt Elementary School in Park Ridge, Illinois, roughly two miles from O'Hare International Airport. This funding will be used to replace existing windows with acoustic windows units, revise mechanical and electrical systems, and install acoustic ceilings, vestibules, and… Continue Reading


04.23.10

Durbin: Legislation Supporting Families of Severely Disabled Service Members Approved by Congress

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that legislation to provide essential support services to family caregivers of severely disabled veterans was unanimously approved by Congress. The Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2009 includes a Durbin-authored provision that establishes a program to provide technical, financial and practical support to family caregivers of veterans or members of the Armed Forces seriously injured in the l… Continue Reading


04.23.10

Durbin: Legislation to Address Quality of Care for Nation's Veterans Approved by Congress

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that legislation to provide essential support services to family caregivers of severely disabled veterans was unanimously approved by Congress. The Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2009 includes a Durbin-authored provision aims to improve quality control measures at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical facilities by creating a new national quality assurance officer position. This will … Continue Reading


04.23.10

Durbin: Reform Bill Empowers Consumers Against Excesses of Wall Street

[CHICAGO, IL] - A bill to bring accountability to Wall Street will give American consumers the strongest consumer financial protections against abusive lending practices in history, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) said today. The measure, set to be debated next week in the Senate, also includes strict new regulations to stop Wall Street from gambling America's financial security. The Wall Street reform bill would create a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, housed in the … Continue Reading

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