Press Releases


Durbin Meets With Illinois Fire Chiefs

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) met with the Illinois Fire Service Association today to discuss the importance of firefighter equipment grant programs, firefighter training, and crude-by-rail safety in communities where oil tank cars pass through. Photos of today's meeting are available here. "Firefighters and first-responders bravely protect Illinois' communities when emergencies happen," Durbin said. "It was great to see the men and women of the Illinois Fire Service Ass… Continue Reading


Durbin Meets With Director Of Air National Guard To Discuss The Future Of Springfield's 183rd Fighter Wing

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) met today with Lieutenant General Stanley Clarke who, as Director of the Air National Guard, oversees National Guard units across the country, including the Illinois Air National Guard's 183rd Fighter Wing in Springfield. During the meeting, Lieutenant General Clarke and Durbin - who serves as Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees discretionary spending for our nation's military - discussed the long-term future of… Continue Reading


With More Youth Using E-Cigarettes Than Ever Before, Durbin Demands FDA Action

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement today in response to findings from the 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey showing for the first time that more U.S. teenagers are using e-cigarettes than traditional cigarettes. The data released today shows that e-cigarette use among middle and high school students has not only surpassed conventional tobacco use, but has also tripled in just one year - growing from approximately 660,000 to 2 million high schoo… Continue Reading


Durbin And Cicilline: Tobacco Farms Are No Place For Kids

[WASHINGTON, DC] - With the tobacco growing season beginning this month and as hundreds of children head to work on tobacco farms, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative David Cicilline (D-RI) introduced legislation today to protect child workers from the dangers of exposure to tobacco plants, which can include acute nicotine poisoning and other long term health effects. The U.S. currently has no specific restrictions to protect children from nicotine poisoning or other health … Continue Reading


Durbin Introduces Bill To Strengthen Youth Sports Concussion Safety

Endorsed by the NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB, & NCAA WASHINGTON-U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today introduced the Protecting Student Athletes from Concussions Act, legislation that would strengthen K-12 schools' procedures for preventing, detecting, and treating student-athletes who suffer concussions while competing. The National Federation of State High School Associations estimates that about 140,000 students playing high school sports suffer concussions every year though many g… Continue Reading


Members Of Congress Say 'Enough Is Enough' When It Comes To Corporate Tax Dodging

Bill would ban federal contracts for companies that move their headquarters overseas to avoid paying their fair share of U.S. taxes [WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Jack Reed (D-RI), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Al Franken (D-MN) joined U.S. Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Sander Levin (D-MI) and Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) today in introducing legislation would ban federal contracts for companies that move their headquarters overseas, but only on paper, in order to avoid p… Continue Reading


Durbin Discusses Importance Of New Transportation Bill To Illinois Communities

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - With Congress preparing to consider a legislation to reauthorize federal surface transportation programs, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) met today with Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx to discuss Illinois transportation priorities and receive at update on the status of the Highway Trust Fund, which is likely to dip below the critical $4 billion funding level this summer. Funding from the Highway Trust Fund and other federal transportation programs is critically impo… Continue Reading


Durbin: Time For Department To Pull Plus On Corinthian Once And For All

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today released the following statement after the Department of Education fined Corinthian Colleges nearly $30 million for misrepresenting job placement rates and suspended enrollments at the company's Heald College locations. Durbin first asked the Department of Education to immediately prohibit Corinthian Colleges, Inc. from enrolling any new students in June 2014. "The Department's action against Corinthian's Heald brand campuses is a lon… Continue Reading


Durbin Honors President Abraham Lincoln On Senate Floor 150 Years After His Passing

[WASHINGTON. D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) honored the life and legacy of Illinois' own President Abraham Lincoln during a speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate. Yesterday marked the 150th anniversary of the Ford's Theatre assassination attempt and today marks his death thereafter. Durbin praised President Lincoln's leadership throughout the Civil War and courage to tackle the divisive issues of his time. "150 years ago today Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, wa… Continue Reading


Durbin, Blumenthal 'Troubled' By FDA Inaction On Mislabeled Supplements

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) are calling on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate manufacturers of dietary supplements containing "acacia rigidula" which is often used on dietary supplement labels to mask the inclusion of BMPEA - a potentially dangerous synthetic stimulant - in their products. Today's letter follows the release of a study last week in which researchers found BMPEA, in 11 of 21 over-the-counter dietary supple… Continue Reading


Durbin Statement On Removal Of Cuba From List Of State Sponsors Of Terrorism

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement after President Obama announced that the United States would remove Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism: "After careful review by the State Department, the removal of Cuba from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list is a welcome move regarding the relations between the US and Cuba. That Cuba is no longer involved in such activities is a positive step forward in normalizing relations between our two nations … Continue Reading


Durbin Speaks On Senate Floor Following Severe Storm Damage In Northern Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - As recovery efforts continue in response to deadly tornadoes that damaged communities in northern Illinois last week, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today spoke on the United States Senate Floor to offer condolences to Illinois families impacted by the storms, and to commend the state and local response to the devastation. On Friday, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner declared DeKalb and Ogle Counties as state disaster areas. "My thoughts and prayers are with the families and … Continue Reading


Durbin Honors World War II Veteran with Service Medals

[CHICAGO] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today presented Chicago resident Joe Hoppe, a World War II veteran, with five medals he earned for his service in the Navy at Autumn Green Senior Living Center. When Durbin met Hoppe at a seniors forum last year, he learned the veteran had had trouble obtaining the medals he had earned in combat. "Joe Hoppe is an American hero and it's an honor to present him with the medals he courageously earned but never received for his service in World War II," … Continue Reading


Durbin Statement On Severe Storms And Deadly Tornadoes

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today released the following statement after a severe storm system produced deadly tornadoes that damaged communities in northern Illinois last night: "My thoughts are with the people and brave first responders in northern Illinois who were affected by last night's severe storms. I have spoken with IEMA Director James Joseph, Rochelle Mayor Chet Olsen, and DeKalb County Board Chairman Mark Pietrowski today who assured me that recovery efforts… Continue Reading


Mayor Emanuel, Senator Durbin, Senator Kirk, Representative Quigley, Amtrak And Metra Announce $7 Million Funding To Improve Train Service At Chicago's Union Station

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Senator Dick Durbin, Senator Mark Kirk, Representative Mike Quigley, Amtrak and Metra today announced an additional $7 million funding to develop infrastructure improvements and train operating strategies that will enhance passenger rail service at Chicago's Union Station. The funds will be used to conduct a Terminal Planning Study and create a Service Development Plan that will increase capacity at the 90-year-old station and on the railroads that lead to it. This builds on … Continue Reading


Durbin & Sessions Lead Bipartisan Group Of Senators In Calling For Investigation Into Abuses Within H-1B Visa Program

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Jeff Sessions (R-AL) led a bipartisan group of ten United States Senators today in writing to three federal agencies - the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Labor - calling for an investigation into abuses within the H-1B visa program. This bipartisan group has different perspectives on immigration reform, but they are united in their belief that our immigration systems should not be exploited to faci… Continue Reading


Durbin Announces $2 Million In Federal Funding For Springfield Rail Improvement Project

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin today announced that the federal Department of Transportation has awarded the Illinois Department of Transportation a $2,000,000 grant for the construction of a railroad underpass at Ash Street in Springfield, Illinois - an important component of the Springfield Rail Improvement Project and the entire Chicago-to-St. Louis passenger rail corridor. "I am pleased to announce $2 million in federal funding to advance another critical component of the Spr… Continue Reading


Durbin Calls Together Local Stakeholders to Discuss Rail Safety and Delays

[BARRINGTON] - In response to safety concerns raised by the rapid increase of trains carrying crude oil and ethanol across the country and continued blockages on the tracks running through town, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) convened a meeting with Barrington Village President Karen Darch and local stakeholders to hear their concerns about rail safety and the Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway (EJ&E). "The recent derailment in Galena-and too many other towns-should send policymakers a clea… Continue Reading


Durbin, Bustos Announce Two Year Extension of Rock Island Arsenal's Humvee Ambulance Line

[ROCK ISLAND] - The Rock Island Arsenal's Humvee ambulance production line will be extended another two years as a result of $60 million which U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos added to the Fiscal Year 2015 Defense Appropriations Bill, the Congressmen announced today during a visit to the Arsenal's Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center (JMTC). The Army intends to use that funding to extend the existing line through August 2017, producing an additional 658 Humvee … Continue Reading


Durbin Statement On Iran Nuclear Talks

BERLIN-U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement regarding today's announcement on international negotiations to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran: I'm encouraged to hear that negotiators have agreed to a framework-a major step toward achieving a final deal. Our shared goal in the United States is clear: to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran. The stakes couldn't be higher and I commend Secretary Kerry and our entire negotiating team for their commitment to finding a d… Continue Reading

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