Press Releases

06.13.14

Durbin, Gutierrez, Foster, Johnson Discuss Federal Deportation Policy With Community Leaders

[CHICAGO] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), U.S. Representative Luis Gutierrez (D-IL-04), U.S. Representative Bill Foster (D-IL-11) and U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson today met with Chicago community leaders and immigration advocates to discuss federal policy regarding deportations. At President Obama's direction, Johnson is currently leading the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on a thorough review of those policies which is expected to conclude in August. Johnson is… Continue Reading


06.11.14

Durbin Announces Nearly $207,000 Investment in Illinois First-Responder Capabilities

DURBIN ANNOUNCES A NEARLY $207,000 INVESTMENT IN ILLINOIS FIRST-RESPONDER CAPABILITIES Naperville Fire Department to receive more than $131,000 in funding [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 $206,567 in grants to four fire departments throughout Illinois. Today's funding will support and improve the capability of each department to respond to fires an… Continue Reading


06.11.14

Durbin: Senate Passes Bipartisan Legislation To Increase Accountability To Senior Staff At VA Medical Centers

DURBIN: SENATE PASSES BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO INCREASE ACCOUNTABILITY TO SENIOR STAFF AT VA MEDICAL CENTERS Senator meets with Acting Secretary to receive update on Illinois VA facilities cited for further review in recent audit FBI begins criminal investigation into VA system following requests from Durbin, other members of Congress [WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today applauded the bipartisan Senate passage of legislation to improve veterans' access to health … Continue Reading


06.11.14

Durbin, Bustos Announce $4.35 Million For Improvements At Chicago Rockford International Airport

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL) announced today that the Chicago Rockford International Airport (RFD) has received $ 4,350,000 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Transportation's Airport Improvement Program for runway and taxiway rehabilitation. Upgrades to the runway will allow the airport to accommodate current and additional air cargo activity. "Chicago Rockford International is one of Northern Illinois' premiere airpor… Continue Reading


06.11.14

Durbin: GOP Has Chosen To Protect As Few As 22,000 Millionaires Over 25 Million Student Borrowers

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Opposition to helping millions of Americans have a fair shot at an affordable college education is unacceptable and wrong, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) said today during a press conference with Senate Democratic Leadership following a 56 to 38 procedural vote on the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act. A 60 vote threshold was needed in order to open debate on the Senate Floor. The bill, which Durbin co-sponsored, would allow those with outstanding student loa… Continue Reading


06.10.14

Durbin Meets With Leaders From McLean County In Washington

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with members of the McLean County Chamber of Commerce to discuss local transportation and economic development priorities. A photo from today's meeting is available here. "The McLean County Chamber of Commerce serves as an important local voice for the business and community interests of the entire region," Durbin said. "I was happy to meet with some of its members today in Washington and will continue to work with them on efforts t… Continue Reading


06.10.14

Durbin Announces $350,000 Federal Grant For New Fire Station In Crawford County, Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the Hutsonville Township Fire Protection District has received $350,000 through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development Community Facility Grant program to help build a new fire station in Crawford County, Illinois. "Fire stations are home to the firefighters, first-responders, and fire protection equipment that keep our communities safe. Building a modern new fire station in Crawford County will … Continue Reading


06.10.14

Senators Urge Department of Transportation to Finally Ban E-Cigarettes On Airplanes

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Tom Harkin (D-IA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Jack Reed (D-RI) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA) today urged the Department of Transportation to finally prohibit the use of e-cigarettes on airplanes. DOT first proposed a ban more than two years ago, but has delayed issuing a final regulation that would bar e-cigarette "vaping" on all domestic and international flights to or from the United States. In t… Continue Reading


06.10.14

Durbin: Bipartisan Bill Investing in Illinois Water Infrastructure Priorities Becomes Law

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) celebrated today as President Obama signed into law the Conference Report of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014. The legislation, which was passed by the U.S. Senate at the end of May, authorizes critical investments in Illinois priorities and will help better prepare the Illinois, the Midwest, and the country for extreme weather events like droughts and floods. "Summers in our state bring rising temperatures that can c… Continue Reading


06.10.14

Durbin: College Diploma Should Open the Door to Opportunity, Not To Debtors Prison

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - At a press conference today with young Americans struggling with student loan debt, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) discussed actions Congress could take this week to help ease their burden. Tomorrow, the Senate will hold a procedural vote to open debate on the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act. That bill would allow those with outstanding student loan debt to refinance at the lower interest rates offered to new borrowers this past academic year. If passed, ove… Continue Reading


06.10.14

Durbin Statement on Awarding of Congressional Gold Medal to the Borinqueneers

[CHICAGO] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement today after President Obama signed into law a bill that he co-sponsored awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to the 65th Infantry Regiment, also known as the "Borinqueneers": "American minorities have a proud history of serving their county with honor and distinction, even in the face of racism and exclusion. As the largest and longest-standing segregated unit in our military's history, the 65th Infantry Regiment … Continue Reading


06.09.14

Illinois / Iowa Delegation: Rock Island Arsenal Receives $110 Million in Federal Funding To Ensure Competitiveness & Steady Workload In Future

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - The bipartisan, bi-state delegation that represents the Rock Island Arsenal today announced that the United States Army has allocated $110 million in funding for the Arsenal through the Arsenal Sustainment Initiative, which will help ensure that the Arsenal remains competitive as it bids on additional workload through its partnerships with the private sector. Today's announcement was made by the members of the Illinois / Iowa Congressional Delegation: U.S. Senators Dick … Continue Reading


06.09.14

Durbin Calls for a Greater Investment in Biomedical Research

[SPRINGFIELD] - With a decline in federal biomedical research threatening America's standing as a leader in discovery and innovation and our global competitiveness, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today called for greater federal investment in biomedical research during a speech at the Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Medicine. Earlier this year Durbin introduced the American Cures Act, which would provide additional funding in support of future research at the National Institutes of… Continue Reading


06.09.14

Durbin Statement On Internal VA Audit On Waitlist Practices

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today released the following statement after reviewing the results of a nationwide internal audit into waitlist practices at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities. "This news is troubling. It comes on the heels of news last week that at least eight veterans had to wait more than 90-days for an appointment at the Marion VA Medical Center. That is unacceptable," said Durbin. "I have asked Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson to brief … Continue Reading


06.05.14

Durbin: Funding Bill For Departments Of Transportation & Housing And Urban Development Protects Illinois Priorities

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee, of which he is a member, has approved a bill to fund the Department of Transportation and the Department of Housing and Urban Development for the 2014 fiscal year that will protect Illinois priorities, promote infrastructure investment, and create jobs. Core Capacity The Senate Appropriations Committee, of which Durbin is a member, has approved $120 million to help move forward th… Continue Reading


06.05.14

Durbin: Let Students Refinance Their Loans At Lower Interest Rates

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - The dream of a fair shot at an affordable college education has become a long shot for too many, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) said today during a press conference with Senator Elizabeth Warren and Senate Democratic Leadership. Durbin urged Congressional Republicans to back the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act, which would help 1.7 million Illinoisans, currently with outstanding student loan debt, refinance their loans at lower federal interest rates. The av… Continue Reading


06.05.14

Durbin: Senate Committee Approves Nearly $60 Million To Continue Activation of Thomson Prison

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee, of which he is a member, approved $43.7 million for equipment and staffing to continue the activation of Thomson Prison. The Fiscal Year 2015 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Bill, which was passed on a bipartisan vote, also includes $15 million in funding for modernizations and repairs at the prison in Thomson, Illinois. Following the vote, Durbin commended the efforts of … Continue Reading


06.05.14

Durbin Statement On Daca Renewal For Dreamers

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement today after the Secretary of Homeland Security announced the process for young immigrants to renew their temporary legal status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA is granted for two-year periods, and the first grants will begin expiring in September. "While America has been waiting for almost a year for the House of Representatives to take action on comprehens… Continue Reading


06.04.14

Durbin: A Fair Shot At An Affordable Education Has Become A Long Shot For Too Many

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) spoke on the Senate Floor to discuss America's exploding student loan debt crisis and efforts that are underway to help ease this burden for working families and students. Today, he will join Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Al Franken (D-MN), and Jack Reed (D-RI) to introduce a bill based on the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act. That bill would allow those with outstanding student loan debt to refinance at the lower interest r… Continue Reading


06.04.14

Durbin to CN: Keep Your Promises To Illinois Communities

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - In response to concerns raised by communities across Illinois, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today called on Canadian National to address ongoing safety and traffic issues including: Canadian National's lack of cooperation with the State of Illinois and Amtrak, which has hindered efforts to expand rail service in Northern Illinois between Galena and Rockford; increased rail traffic that has resulted in a record rate of blocked rail crossings; and Canadian National's refusa… Continue Reading

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