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Durbin Pays Tribute to Chicago's Former First Lady Maggie Daley on Senate Floor

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today paid tribute to former first lady of Chicago, Maggie Daley on the floor of the U.S. Senate. "Maggie Daley was an adopted daughter of Chicago, but no native-born Chicagoan could have loved the city more or served it better. Last May, as her husband Rich prepared to step down at Chicago's mayor, the Chicago Tribune ran an article about what Maggie Daley had meant to Chicago. The first paragraph put it well. It read: 'There has never… Continue Reading


Tribute to Former Chicago First Lady Maggie Daley

Mr. President, I would like to take a few moments to pay tribute to a remarkable woman. Maggie Daley served with dignity and grace for 22 years as Chicago's First Lady. She died on Thanksgiving evening after a nearly decade-long struggle with metastatic breast cancer. She was at home, in her bed, surrounded by her family. There is a sad but fitting poignancy to the date. People in Chicago and far beyond have so many reasons to be thankful for the life of this exceptional woman. … Continue Reading


Durbin Announces Over $3.2 Million Investment in Illinois Communities

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced today that two Illinois communities will receive $3,295,419 in grant funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The funding was awarded through the Community Challenge Grant program which aims to spur economic development for communities by providing funding for an initiative that will create jobs and encourage local investment. Under this announcement, the following Illinois communi… Continue Reading


Durbin Statement on FutureGen Alliance Decision to Take Full Control of Plant Retrofit at Meredosia

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today released the following statement after the FutureGen Alliance announced it will move forward with FutureGen 2.0 by purchasing portions of the Meredosia Energy Center from Ameren Energy Resources Company. "It is good news that the Alliance reached an agreement today with Ameren to negotiate the purchase of the Meredosia Energy Center. "With a strong FutureGen Alliance in full control of the plant retrofit, the FutureGen 2.0 proje… Continue Reading


Senator Dick Durbin Statement on the Passing of Maggie Daley

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement after the death of Maggie Daley: "Chicago and Illinois have lost a great and caring woman. Those of us whose lives were touched by her warm smile and inner strength will dearly miss Maggie Daley. "Loretta and I have lost a dear friend but feel blessed to have traveled part of our life's journey with her and Rich. We remember last St. Patrick's Day at Old St. Pat's when Maggie's struggles were quickly fo… Continue Reading


Durbin Joins Hunger Caucus in Urging Members to Raise Awareness

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] -U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) - a co-chair of the Senate Hunger Caucus - today joined his fellow co-chairs in encouraging members of the Senate to dedicate one hour during the holiday season to raising awareness and recognizing efforts underway in their states to combat hunger. The Hour for Hunger initiative seeks to remind members that hunger knows no boundaries and when working together, this is a fight we can win. Co-chairs of the bipartisan Hunger Caucus include: Senato… Continue Reading


Senators Commend MLB for Taking Action Against Smokeless Tobacco Use

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), Tom Harkin (D-IA), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) commended Major League Baseball (MLB) and the MLB Player's Association for taking action against smokeless tobacco use both on and off the field. Under a new collective bargaining agreement announced today, players, managers, and coaches will be prohibited from using smokeless tobacco during televised interviews and Club appearances and, when fans are permitted in… Continue Reading


Durbin Announces a Nearly $1.1 Million FEMA Grant for Flood Protection Efforts in Winnebago County

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that Winnebago County has been awarded a $1,084,525 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for flood protection efforts. "This project will protect the health, safety and welfare of Winnebago county residents," said Durbin. "By supporting flood control efforts, this federal funding will help reduce costs to the local government for emergency rescue, infrastructure repair, debris removal and emergency sh… Continue Reading


Durbin: STB Taking a Closer Look at Canadian National in Light of Recent Train Derailment

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - In a letter to U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), the Surface Transportation Board (STB) confirmed that they are closely monitoring Canadian National's operation of the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern (EJ&E) Railway and working with the Federal Railroad Administration in light of a recent train derailment. The train which was reportedly carrying hazardous material chemicals - sodium hydroxide and ferric sulfate - derailed on November 3, throwing 22 train cars off the tracks a… Continue Reading


Durbin Urges Consumer Bankers Association's Membership to Adopt Fee Disclosure Form

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - In a letter today, US Senator Dick Durbin asked the Consumer Bankers Association (CBA) to urge their membership to adopt clear and easy-to-understand fee disclosure forms after CBA President Richard Hunt said that he and his membership supports transparency. "On November 3, you stated publicly that 'CBA and our member banks support clear and easy-to-understand disclosures which are meaningful for our customers.' I commend you for this statement and agree that it is impor… Continue Reading


Durbin Confirms Army will Preserve Nine Firefighter Jobs at Rock Island Arsenal

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with the Assistant Secretary of the Army, Tom Lamont, who confirmed that the nine firefighter and emergency medical positions will be preserved at Rock Island Arsenal. According to Lamont, the cuts were mistakenly included in announcement of reductions to the civilian personnel workforce at Rock Island Arsenal and Army facilities nationwide. "Today, I was assured that the Army will preserve the nine firefighter and emergency me… Continue Reading


Durbin and Kirk Introduce Legislation to Protect School Children with Allergies

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) today introduced a bill to encourage schools across the country to maintain access to critical life saving medication for children with food and other allergies. The School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act will encourage states across the nation to improve school access to epinephrine auto-injectors, like the EpiPen, to be used if students have life threatening systemic allergic reactions. "Every day, a… Continue Reading


Durbin Statement on Next Step in the Implementation of New U.S. Deportation Policy

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin released the following statement today after the Department of Homeland Security announced the next steps in the implementation of the Obama Administration's new deportation policy: "I strongly support the Obama Administration's new deportation policy and I commend the Department of Homeland Security for the steps it is taking today to implement this policy. But more needs to be done, and it needs to be done quickly. Many young people who would … Continue Reading


Durbin Announces More than $8.2 Million in DOT Funding to Reduce Illinois' Reliance on Foreign Oil

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced today that three Illinois transportation service providers and organizations have been awarded a total of $8,208,000 in competitive grants by the U.S. Department of Transportation. This funding will be used by the grant recipients to reduce their reliance on foreign oil, promote use of clean fuels, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. "Increasing use of cleaner, more energy efficient vehicles in public transportation throughout Illino… Continue Reading


Durbin: Final Transportation Funding Bill Protects Illinois Amtrak

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today issued the following statement after a Conference Committee between members of the Senate and the House of Representatives released a final appropriations bill that includes funding for transportation projects in Illinois and around the country. The legislation will now go to the House and Senate for final approval. "By rejecting the House Republican proposal that would have devastated Illinois Amtrak, the members of the Conference … Continue Reading


Durbin and Kirk Announce Legislation to Protect School Children with Allergies

[CHICAGO] - Schools across the country should maintain access to critical life saving medication for children with food and other allergies, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) said today. The School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act, which Durbin and Kirk intend to introduce in the Senate this week, will encourage states across the nation to improve school access to epinephrine auto-injectors, like the EpiPen, to be used if students have life threatening systemic… Continue Reading


Durbin Asks Committee to Include Illinois Transit Priorities in Next Surface Transportation Bill

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin today asked the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs to include funding for Illinois transit priorities in their bill to reauthorize the Surface Transportation Act. Last week, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) voted unanimously to favorably report its portion of the legislation. The Banking Committee, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and Senate Finance Committee all must address… Continue Reading


Durbin, Kirk Statement on White House Nominees to Fill Federal Judgeship in Northern District

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) today announced that President Obama has nominated John Lee and John Tharp to fill two vacancies on the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Illinois. The Senators released the following statement: "We are pleased President Obama nominated John Tharp and John Lee to serve on the federal bench. Both individuals are eminently qualified and we will work together to ensure their swift confirmation in the Sena… Continue Reading


Durbin Statement on Passage of the Veterans Jobs Bill

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today released the following statement after the Senate passed the VOW to Hire Heroes Act - a bill that will help tens of thousands of unemployed veterans get back to work - by a wide bipartisan margin: "More than 75,000 veterans in Illinois are out of work, and as we end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, that number will likely grow. These veterans fought for America, and it's our duty to see that they are given a helping hand when they r… Continue Reading


Durbin, Kirk Announce Nearly $500,000 in DOT Funding to Help Illinois' Veterans Literally "Get to Work"

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) announced today that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded a $362,000 competitive grant to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and a $131,325 competitive grant to Lee County, Illinois, to enhance access to affordable transportation for wounded warriors as well as military families and spouses. The funding, which comes through DOT's new Veterans Transportation and Community Living Initiative, w… Continue Reading

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