Press Releases

10.05.09

Durbin Announces $13.6 Million in Funding for O’Hare Airport Security

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced today that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded a $13,600,000 grant to Chicago O'Hare International Airport for the construction of a new inline baggage handling system designed to enhance efforts to strengthen security at the airport. "Expanding the use of the inline baggage handling technology will strengthen security in Chicago and destinations around the country," said Durbin. "Bring… Continue Reading


10.01.09

Durbin, Halvorson: Ottawa School District Wins FEMA Appeal

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] -Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson (D-IL) today announced that Ottawa Elementary School District #141 has won their appeal of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)'s original repair estimate for Ottawa Central Elementary School. FEMA indicated that federal funds could be used to relocate the school pending the approval of a project request submitted by the school. Durbin and Halvorson support the Ottawa School Dis… Continue Reading


09.30.09

Durbin Announces $28 Million in Recovery Act Funding for Energy Efficiency Improvements

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded $28,740,800 in funding to three Illinois communities through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to help improve energy efficiency, reduce energy use and fossil fuel emissions and create green jobs locally. "Creating jobs and securing our environmental future are at the heart of the Recovery Act," said Durbin. "This funding will make a significant… Continue Reading


09.29.09

Durbin: $1.8 Million in COPS Funding for Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that Illinois law enforcement agencies will receive a total of $1,865,151 in funding from the Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS). Today's funding - part of a nationwide announcement of $27 million in COPS grants - will be used for school safety and to locate, arrest, and prosecute child sexual predators and exploiters. "At a time when tight budgets have forced ma… Continue Reading


09.29.09

Durbin Announces Nearly $1.5 Million in Recovery Act Funding to Implement Electronic Health Records

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $1,496,671 in funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to Illinois health networks to implement electronic health records. The HHS's Health Resources and Services Administration awarded $27.8 million in Recovery Act funding to health centers nationwide for implementation of electronic health records and other health informat… Continue Reading


09.25.09

Durbin Announces Four Illinoisans for USDA Positions

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the Obama Administration has chosen four members for the Farm Service Agency (FSA) Illinois State Committee: Darell Sarff of Chandlerville; Jill Appell of Altona; Gerardo (Jerry) Jimenez of Cobden; and Joyce Matthews of Nokomis. In February, Durbin recommended all four people for appointments to the committee positions within the Department of Agriculture (USDA). "These four new members of the FSA S… Continue Reading


09.24.09

Durbin Introduces Legislation to Make College Textbooks More Affordable

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) today introduced legislation designed to help students manage costs by making textbooks available to students, professors and the public for free on an easily-accessible website. This bill, known as the Open College Textbook Act, would create a competitive grant program for institutions of higher education, professors and organizations to create textbooks that can be made available online and licensed under terms that grant t… Continue Reading


09.24.09

Durbin: Senate Approves $1.2 Million for Illinois Projects

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) today said that the United States Senate has approved $1.2 million for Illinois projects. The Fiscal Year 2010 Appropriations Bill for the U.S. Department of Interior, U.S. Forest Service and Environmental Protection Agency includes funding for the following Illinois projects: Environmental Protection Agency, State and Tribal Assistance Grants • Decatur Water Infrastructure Improvements, City of Decatur. $250… Continue Reading


09.24.09

Durbin Announces Congressional Passage of Bill to Name Lipinski Federal Building

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that a bill to name the Federal building located at 844 North Rush Street in Chicago, Illinois, as the "William O. Lipinski Federal Building" has passed the United States Senate. The building serves as the headquarters of the United States Railroad Retirement Board. The legislation passed the House earlier this month and will now go to the President for his signature. "I worked with Congressman Bill Lipi… Continue Reading


09.23.09

Durbin, Illinois Delegation Discuss Illinois Veterans Issues with Assistant Secretary Duckworth

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - At the monthly Illinois Delegation Luncheon hosted by Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL), Assistant Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Tammy Duckworth, discussed the importance of improving services for homeless veterans in Illinois. Other members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation attending today's luncheon include: Representatives Bill Foster (D-IL), Debbie Halvorson (D-IL), Dan Lipinski (D-IL) a… Continue Reading


09.22.09

Durbin Meets with Peoria Mayor to Discuss High Speed Rail and Local Priorities

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with the Mayor of Peoria, Jim Ardis to discuss high speed rail and other local priorities.… Continue Reading


09.21.09

Durbin Announces $6.58 Million in DOT Grants for Illinois Transit

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced today that several Illinois transit projects have been funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Today's funding is part of the Department of Transportation's announcement of $100 million in Recovery Act funding for 40 transit agencies across the country that are pursuing cutting edge environmental technologies to help reduce global warming, lessen America's dependence on oil and create green jobs. … Continue Reading


09.17.09

Durbin: Legislation Allowing FRA to Assist IDOT in 10th Street Feasibility Study Passed by Senate

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced the approval of his amendment allowing the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to provide technical and financial assistance to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and local officials for a feasibility study of the Tenth Street corridor as a route for consolidated freight and passenger rail operations in Springfield, Illinois. The amendment was added to the 2010 Transportation, Housing and Urb… Continue Reading


09.17.09

Durbin: Senate Approves Over $27 Million in Transportation and Economic Development Funding for Illinois

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the Senate has approved $27,004,744 in federal funding for Illinois transportation and economic development projects. The Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 appropriations bill for the Department of Transportation, Treasury, Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies Appropriations includes funding for the following projects: Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration: • CTA Circle Line,… Continue Reading


09.16.09

Durbin Holds Oversight Hearing on DC Education Programs

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) held a hearing today examining the use and impact of Federal appropriations for educational programs in the District of Columbia. The hearing, held before Durbin's Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) Appropriations Subcommittee, was the first time in over five years that the Senate has held a comprehensive review of the District's education entities. In that time, Congress has invested nearly $350 million in th… Continue Reading


09.16.09

Durbin Meets with Illinois Farm Bureau to Discuss Agricultural Priorities

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today hosted a meeting with representatives from the Illinois Farm Bureau to discuss climate change, food safety and renewable fuels. During the discussion, Durbin stressed the importance of passing climate legislation that benefits farmers. He listened to the questions and concerns from Illinois Farm Bureau members regarding climate change legislation in the House of Representatives and spoke about the current state of negotiations in the Senat… Continue Reading


09.15.09

Durbin Chairs Hearing on Mental Health in US Prisons

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) chaired a hearing on "Human Rights at Home: Mental Illness in U.S. Prisons and Jails," today before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law. The hearing, which focused on the high rate of mental illness among U.S. prisoners, was the Subcommittee's first hearing examining a domestic human rights issue. "Mental illness has been criminalized in our country over the last thirty years," Durbin said. "By… Continue Reading


09.15.09

Durbin Receives Golden Triangle Award from National Farmers Union

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL), who serves on the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, today received the Golden Triangle Award from the National Farmers Union (NFU) for his leadership in promoting the use and production of renewable fuels, his commitment to passing legislation to combat climate change, and his support for efforts to address the crisis in the dairy industry. "I am honored to receive the Golden Triangle Award and will continu… Continue Reading


09.14.09

Durbin Urges Auto Manufacturers to Join Dealership Talks

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) sent letters to CEO's of General Motors and Chrysler today, urging them to participate in talks with the nation's leading dealership groups regarding the planned closure of over one thousand dealerships nationwide. "I write to urge [General Motors, Chrysler] to participate in a constructive dialogue with the key groups representing the hundreds of dealerships that received wind-down letters and are scheduled to close by… Continue Reading


09.14.09

Durbin Announces $350,000 in DOT Funding for O'Hare Noise Mitigation

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced today that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded $350,000 in funding to the Board of Education of the City of Chicago District 299 for noise mitigation measures at Farnsworth Elementary School near Chicago O'Hare International Airport. This grant will fund sound proofing efforts - including acoustic window unit, ceiling, vestibule and doorway installment, mechanical and electrical system revision and existing soundproofing related asbes… Continue Reading

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