Press Releases


Durbin: Climate Change A Real Threat

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Following the release of the U.S National Climate Assessment, which highlighted the Midwest region's "agricultural lands, forests, Great Lakes, industrial activities, and cities" as especially vulnerable to climate change, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) called for immediate action in response to climate variability and better preparedness for extreme weather events. More information on the U.S National Climate Assessment - and its findings relevant to Illinois - is availabl… Continue Reading


Durbin Announces a More Than $1.2 Million FEMA Grant For Quincy, IL

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has awarded a $1,297,179 grant to repair the Quincy Waste Water Treatment plant in Quincy, Illinois. The plant was damaged by severe storms and flooding between April and May in 2013. "This federal funding will help rebuild a critical part of Quincy's infrastructure that protects the health and safety of local residents,"… Continue Reading


Senators Durbin, Warren, Reed Introduce Legislation Giving Students A Fair Shot At An Affordable Education

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) today introducing the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act, which would allow those with outstanding student loan debt to refinance at the lower interest rates currently offered to new borrowers. Durbin, Warren, and Reed have been working together on efforts to build broad support in the Senate for legislative action to reduce new student loan debt and ma… Continue Reading


Durbin, Shock, Davis, Simon Celebrate Opening of Renovated 183rd Fighter Wing

[SPRINGFIELD] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), U.S. Representatives Aaron Schock (R-IL-18) and Rodney Davis (R-IL-13) and Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon today attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly renovated 183rd Fighter Wing. Durbin is the chair of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, which oversees discretionary spending for our nation's military, including bases. "From defense exercises in South Korea to disaster response needs at home, the 183rd Fighter Wing … Continue Reading


Durbin To Amtrak: Don't Let Old Post Office Developer Keep Blowing Hot Air

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today called on Joe Boardman, President and CEO of Amtrak, to fight any efforts to roll back maintenance and operations of the ventilation systems at the Old Post Office, which provide significant air quality benefits to the thousands of commuters and workers who use Union Station every day. Durbin wrote Boardman in response to papers filed in federal court earlier this week by Bill Davies, Chairman of International Property Developers and own… Continue Reading


Senators Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Condemning Abduction of School Girls In Nigeria

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Chris Coons (D-DE) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today introduced a resolution condemning the April 14 abduction of as many as 234 Nigerian school girls by the terrorist group Boko Haram. While local officials have reported that several students were able to escape, nearly 200 of the abducted girls, most of them between 16 and 18 years old, remain missing, and news reports from the … Continue Reading


Durbin Honors Chicagoan Terry Gainer, Senate Sergeant at Arms, On Senate Floor

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) spoke on the Senate Floor today to honor Senate Sergeant at Arms Terry Gainer, who is retiring after over 7 years of service to the Senate. Gainer, who was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, has served longer than any Senate Sergeant At Arms since World War II, and was unanimously elected to his position four times. "During his tenure as Sergeant at Arms, Terry has done an exemplary job of balancing security and public access to the Capi… Continue Reading


Durbin Honors Glenn Poshard, President of Southern Illinois University

[WASHINGTON, DC] - In a statement for the Senate record, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today honored Dr. Glenn Poshard, President of Southern Illinois University, who is retiring after over seven years of service. Dr. Poshard has had a forty year affiliation with Southern Illinois University, and is the second longest serving president in the history of the college. Durbin and Dr. Poshard also served together for eight years in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1989 to 1997. "Today, D… Continue Reading


Durbin Meets With New President Of The Illinois Farm Bureau

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with Rich Guebert, the new President of the Illinois Farm Bureau, to discuss the importance of continuing to support and invest in Illinois' agricultural communities. The group discussed waterways infrastructure, the Farm Bill, and renewable fuels standard (RFS). A photo of Durbin's meeting is available here. "I was pleased to meet with President Guebert. The Illinois Farm Bureau will be in good hands under his leadership," Durbi… Continue Reading


Durbin Meets with Energy Secretary to Discuss FutureGen 2.0

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Following an announcement earlier this month of a labor agreement for FutureGen 2.0, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to discuss the Department of Energy's commitment to moving forward with the project. A photo of today's meeting is available here. "When I was in Illinois earlier this month, I joined members of the FutureGen Alliance and local labor unions to announce an historic labor agreement that moves FutureGen 2.0 one ste… Continue Reading


Durbin Meets with Illinois Fire Chiefs During Annual Fly-In

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) met with the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association today to discuss the importance of funding fire safety and training programs for communities across Illinois. Among those who attended the meeting were Chief Robert Buhs, Executive Director of the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association, and Chief Steven Iovinelli, Franklin Park, Illinois Fire Department. A photo of today's meeting is available here. "It was great to see the men and women of the Illinoi… Continue Reading


Durbin Speaks on Senate Floor Prior To Senate Confirmation of Shah to Fill Federal Judgeship in Northern District of Illinois

DURBIN SPEAKS ON SENATE FLOOR PRIOR TO SENATE CONFIRMATION OF SHAH TO FILL FEDERAL JUDGESHIP IN NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS [WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the Senate has confirmed Manish Shah for a federal judgeship in the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Illinois. The Senate approved Shah by a vote of 95-0. Speaking on the Senate Floor shortly before the vote, Durbin said: "Manish Shah is an outstanding nominee. He has the experie… Continue Reading


Durbin Commends Rock Island Arsenal Workforce While Chairing Hearing On U.S. Army

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Defense, today highlighted the accomplishments of the Rock Island Arsenal civilian workforce during a hearing reviewing the budget of the United States Army. "I see the value of our civilian workforce every day in Illinois at the Rock Island Arsenal," Durbin said. "When the private sector couldn't provide our troops with what they needed for the fight in Iraq, the civilian workers at Rock Island st… Continue Reading


Durbin: People Who Work Hard Everyday Should Not Have To Live In Poverty

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Opposition to raising the federal minimum wage for millions of Americans is unacceptable and wrong, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) said today during a press conference with Senate Democratic Leadership following a 54 to 42 procedural vote on the Minimum Wage Fairness Act. A 60 vote threshold was needed in order to open debate. The bill would increase the national minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 over the next two years. It would also raise the tipped minimum wage, which ha… Continue Reading


Durbin Recognizes 100th Birthday of Wrigley Field

[WASHINGTON, DC] - In a statement for the Senate record, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) yesterday recognized the 100th birthday of Wrigley Field, the second oldest Major League ball park and oldest in the National League. Wrigley has been home to the Chicago Cubs since 1914, home to the Chicago Bears from 1921 to 1971, and has hosted a variety of sporting events and concerts over its 100 year history. "From the ivy covered outfield walls to its hand turned score board to the bleachers and … Continue Reading


Durbin Honors Three Illinoisans Killed in Attack in Afghanistan Hospital

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) spoke on the Senate Floor today in remembrance of Dr. Jerry Umanos, John Gabel, and Gary Gabel of Illinois. The three men were killed in the attack at the Cure International Hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan late last week. The 100-bed American-run charity facility specializes in the treatment of disabled children and women's health issues. "Sadly on April 24 we lost three Americans from my home state of Illinois who were killed at the Cure I… Continue Reading


Durbin: Federal Government Must Help Law Enforcement Respond to Disabled Americans

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights, today said that Congress and the Executive Branch should do more to help local and state law enforcement agents who have increasingly become the first responders for disabled individuals in crisis due to inadequate mental health and social services. At a hearing to examine current efforts, Durbin highlighted the Chicago Police De… Continue Reading


Durbin Takes For-Profit Fight to Illinois Classrooms

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today urged high school principals across Illinois to ensure that their students are receiving honest and accurate information about their higher education options, and that they are aware of the risks associated with the for-profit college industry. Durbin wrote the principals to call their attention to the "often irresistible lure of for-profit colleges," many of which are facing increased scrutiny from federal and state regulators for a var… Continue Reading


Durbin, Kirk: BP Must Be A Better Neighbor To Lake Michigan, Chicago

[CHICAGO] - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) today met with BP America Chairman and President John Minge to voice serious concerns over last month's spill at the company's Whiting, Ind. facility. Noting that the plant recently expanded to double the amount of heavy oil sands it processes and that last month's spill was just the most recent in a string of environmental issues it has caused, the Senators said BP must take steps to prevent any further harm to Lake Michigan or … Continue Reading


Durbin Responds To FDA Tobacco Regulations

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Today U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), author of a recent investigative report that found a dramatic recent increase in the marketing of electronic cigarettes, responded to deeming regulations proposed by the Food and Drug Administration Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that would expand the agency's regulatory authority over tobacco products, including e-cigarettes: "Shame on the FDA. Faced with a responsibility to protect our children from an addiction to a product that… Continue Reading

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