Economy, Jobs and Small Business
Senator Duckworth is committed to helping foster Illinois’s economic growth as well as building and supporting strong communities in urban, suburban and rural areas throughout our state.
Though many of the largest and most successful corporations in the world call Illinois home, Senator Duckworth knows that small businesses are the backbone of our state’s economy, making up over 90 percent of employers, employing nearly half of Illinois’s private workforce and serving as the life-blood of our communities. That is why she works every day as a member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship to find innovative, common-sense ways for Illinois’ small enterprises to sustain, succeed and grow. She has also heard from countless employers and small businesses in Illinois that are struggling to find qualified workers to fill job openings, and she prioritizes workforce development by supporting career and technical education and private-public partnerships to train workers for 21st-century jobs.
As the United States competes in an increasingly global marketplace, Senator Duckworth’s position on the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee affords her a platform to ask tough questions and carefully review international trade agreements to help make sure they are in the best interests of our nation’s economy and workers. While working in the Senate to open foreign markets for Illinois farmers and manufactures, she is also focused on preventing unfair trade agreements and practices that disadvantage our state's companies and workers.
March 22, 2023
Duckworth Joins Warren, Senate Colleagues to Call on the Fed to Strengthen Rules for Banks with Assets Over $100B
March 16, 2023
Duckworth Chairs Commerce Committee Hearing on Strengthening the Aviation Workforce
March 15, 2023
In Aftermath of Silicon Valley Bank Collapse, Duckworth, Durbin Join Warren, Porter, Dozens of Democratic Lawmakers in Introducing Bill to Repeal 2018 Roll Back of Critical Dodd-Frank Protections
March 08, 2023
Duckworth Calls on Colleagues to Swiftly Confirm Dilawar Syed as SBA Deputy Administrator
March 03, 2023
Duckworth Joins Brown and Collins in Reintroducing Bipartisan Legislation to Get Public Employees Full Social Security Benefit
March 03, 2023
Duckworth, Durbin Join Colleagues to Introduce Bill to Help Stop Child Labor
February 02, 2023
Ahead of 30th Anniversary of FMLA, Duckworth and Casten Re-Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Help Ensure Education Support Professionals Can Access FMLA Benefits