Press Releases

07.14.16

Chicago, Illinois Student Interns in Durbin's Washington, DC Senate Office

WASHINGTON - Chicago, Illinois native Johanna Mintz spent two months this summer interning for U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) in his Capitol Hill office. Each year, close to 50 interns work in Durbin's Washington, D.C. office. Interns process constituent requests and calls, help with legislative duties, and lead Capitol tours for Illinois residents visiting Washington, D.C. During that time, they gain firsthand knowledge of the legislative process, learn about the inner-workings of the federal … Continue Reading


07.14.16

Chicago, Illinois Student Interns in Durbin's Washington, DC Senate Office

WASHINGTON - Chicago, Illinois native Lee A. Smith III spent two months this summer interning for U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) in his Capitol Hill office. Each year, close to 50 interns work in Durbin's Washington, D.C. office. Interns process constituent requests and calls, help with legislative duties, and lead Capitol tours for Illinois residents visiting Washington, D.C. During that time, they gain firsthand knowledge of the legislative process, learn about the inner-workings of the feder… Continue Reading


07.14.16

Murphysboro, Illinois Student Interns in Durbin's Washington, DC Senate Office

WASHINGTON - Murphysboro native Lorna Gilmore spent two months this summer interning for U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) in his Capitol Hill office. Each year, close to 50 interns work in Durbin's Washington, D.C. office. Interns process constituent requests and calls, help with legislative duties, and lead Capitol tours for Illinois residents visiting Washington, D.C. During that time, they gain firsthand knowledge of the legislative process, learn about the inner-workings of the federal govern… Continue Reading


07.14.16

Darien, Illinois Student Interns in Durbin's Washington, DC Senate Office

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Darien, Illinois native Michael Jurkash spent three months this summer interning for U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) in his Capitol Hill office. Each year, close to 50 interns work in Durbin's Washington, D.C. office. Interns process constituent requests and calls, help with legislative duties, and lead Capitol tours for Illinois residents visiting Washington, D.C. During that time, they gain firsthand knowledge of the legislative process, learn about the inner-workings of the… Continue Reading


07.14.16

Naperville, Illinois Student Interns in Durbin's Washington, DC Senate Office

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Naperville, Illinois native Reeny John spent two months this summer interning for U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) in his Capitol Hill office. Each year, close to 50 interns work in Durbin's Washington, D.C. office. Interns process constituent requests and calls, help with legislative duties, and lead Capitol tours for Illinois residents visiting Washington, D.C. During that time, they gain firsthand knowledge of the legislative process, learn about the inner-workings of the fe… Continue Reading


07.14.16

Durbin Announces $200,000 for Clay County Hospital

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced $200,000 in federal funding to improve patient outcomes and reduce costs at Clay County Hospital. Today's funding, awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will support case management for patients with chronic disease, help prepare nurses to effectively assist patients with chronic disease, and teach patients to better manage their conditions. This HHS grant is intended to support health care in medically unde… Continue Reading


07.13.16

Durbin: We Need a Forceful Response to the Heroin and Opioid Epidemic

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today spoke on the Senate floor calling out Republicans for failing to provide immediate funding for new efforts to combat opioid addiction in the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act. Durbin noted that the CARA bill freezes funding for addiction treatment at a time when the number of deaths from opioid and heroin overdoses continues to grow. "When only 12% of the people in Illinois are able to receive care for their addiction and there is a 12-w… Continue Reading


07.13.16

Durbin Meets with CDC Director to Discuss Urgent Need for Congress to Pass Zika Funding

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to discuss the agency's efforts to combat the spread of the Zika virus and the immediate need for increased funding. Durbin expressed concern about how congressional Republicans' refusal to pass a bipartisan emergency funding bill is hindering the CDC's ability to respond to this public health threat. To date, 3,667 people in the United States, includi… Continue Reading


07.13.16

In Wake of Recent Violence & Upheaval, Durbin Calls for Action on Criminal Justice Reform

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today spoke on the floor of the Senate to call on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to schedule a vote on the Senate's bipartisan Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act. In the wake of recent violence and upheaval across the country, Durbin, who was joined by his co-authors, Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Mike Lee (R-UT), called for action on the bipartisan criminal justice reform legislation as a step toward justice and reconcilia… Continue Reading


07.13.16

Durbin Meets with DHS Secretary & White House Chief of Staff to Discuss Central American Refugee Crisis

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) met with Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough to discuss America's response to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras. During the meeting, Durbin expressed concerns over current policy classifying refugee women and children from Central America as immigration enforcement priorities due to their date of arrival in the United States. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Ben C… Continue Reading


07.12.16

Durbin: It's Time for Republicans to Do Their Job & Fund the Zika Crisis Before Seven-Week Break

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today spoke on the Senate floor to call on Senate Republican leaders to pass a compromise bill to combat Zika before Congress enters a seven week recess. Senator Durbin blasted Republicans for conditioning emergency funding on defunding Planned Parenthood and drastic cuts to Americans' health care. "I spent the last several weeks meeting with maternal and fetal health care providers and community health leaders, and they have shared with me the fear an… Continue Reading


07.11.16

Durbin Announces More Than $1.3 Million to Support Seasonal Farmworkers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the U.S. Department of Labor will award the Illinois Migrant Council $1,393,708 to provide job training and housing assistance to seasonal farmworkers and their families. Today's funding will help agricultural workers in Illinois attain employment stability, learn new skills, and gain better housing options. A total of $81 million in funding was awarded nationwide under the Department of Labor's National Farmworker Jobs Program. … Continue Reading


07.08.16

Durbin Statement on Recent Shootings

EAST ST LOUIS-U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement on the shootings of five police officers in Dallas, Texas, Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile in Falcone Heights, Minnesota: The tragedy in Dallas reminds us of the selfless sacrifice our men and women in law enforcement make every day. My heart goes out to the families who lost a policeman and my prayers to all who are recovering from this vicious attack. Those who try to exploit this… Continue Reading


07.08.16

Durbin, Bustos Announce More Than $1.7 Million for Peoria International Airport

EAST ST LOUIS - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL) today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded $1,742,290 for improvements at General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport in Peoria, Illinois. Today's announcement will fund the rehabilitation of the airport's apron and builds on more than $1.6 million in funding provided last year. "This critical investment will help improve safety and efficiency for travelers flying i… Continue Reading


07.07.16

Durbin, Menendez Urge EPA to Toughen Lead Hazard Standards

WASHINGTON - With reports of children exposed to dangerous levels of lead on the rise across the country, U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) today called on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to update its lead hazard standards in an effort to protect children from dangerous lead exposure. In a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, the senators expressed concern that current standards are outdated and do not adequately protect children from lead poisoning, which… Continue Reading


07.07.16

Durbin Statement on GMO Labeling Bill

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement on legislation that prohibits states from mandating labels on foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and exempts many foods from being labeled as genetically modified: The idea that people would need to walk around the grocery store scanning product codes just to find out what's in the food they're buying is ridiculous and unfair. Food companies should not be able to hide behind confusing coded label… Continue Reading


07.07.16

Durbin Statement on Resignation of Anti-LGBT Dominican Cardinal

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) issued the following statement on reports of the resignation of Cardinal Nicolás de Jesús López Rodríguez of the Archdiocese of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. Last December, Senator Durbin sent a letter to Pope Francis regarding hostile, anti-LGBT statements made by Cardinal López against U.S. Ambassador Wally Brewster, who is openly gay. "Intolerance and bigotry have no place in the modern world, and the… Continue Reading


07.07.16

Durbin Applauds Announcement of Scheduled Flights to Cuba

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today applauded a proposal by Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx to select eight U.S. airlines to begin scheduled flights between ten cities in the United States and Cuba. "Reopening travel relations with Cuba is about more than just restoring the freedom to travel there for all Americans-it's about opening Cuba to new ideas, new values, and improved human rights that our 50 year old policy of isolation could not achieve," said Durbin. "This i… Continue Reading


07.07.16

Durbin Hosts Illinois Members at Bipartisan Delegation Luncheon

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today hosted members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation at the bipartisan Illinois Congressional Delegation Luncheon. Started by the late U.S. Senator Alan J. Dixon, the Illinois Delegation Luncheon has been held regularly in Washington, DC at no expense to the federal taxpayer for more than 25 years. A photo of today's luncheon is available here. The luncheon today was attended by seven members of the Illinois Congressional Delegati… Continue Reading


07.07.16

Durbin, Murphy, Shaheen, Boxer, Kaine Urge President to Make U.S. Support for Ukraine a Focus of Upcoming NATO Summit

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), and Tim Kaine (D-VA) today sent a letter to President Barack Obama, urging him to carry a message to world leaders at the upcoming North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit in Warsaw, Poland: success in Ukraine and resistance to Russian aggression are in the best interest of all NATO member counties. "You have been a strong champion of ensuring Ukraine's future as a democrati… Continue Reading

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