Press Releases

June 21, 2024

Key Duckworth Provisions in New National Defense Bill to Support Illinois Servicemembers and Jobs

Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), who served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years and is a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), secured several important provisions to support and benefit Illinois in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that the committee passed late last week and is now expected to be considered by the full U.S. Senate. Some of Duckworth’s Illinois priorities included in the committee-passed legislation wo… Continue Reading

June 20, 2024

Duckworth, Durbin Join Hirono, Murray, Whitehouse, Pocan, Scott to Introduce Bill to Double Pell Grant, Make College More Affordable

Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined U.S. Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI), Patty Murray (D-WA), Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), as well as U.S. Representatives Mark Pocan (D-WI-02) and Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-VA-03), to introduce the Pell Grant Preservation and Expansion Act of 2024, bicameral legislation that would nearly double the Pell Grant maximum award, index the maximum award for inflation and make other changes to expand the award f… Continue Reading

June 18, 2024

Duckworth Underscores Need to Protect Reproductive Rights Amid Republican Attacks

Today, U.S. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) called out Republicans’ hypocrisy and cruelty as millions of Americans continue to be rightfully worried about access to reproductive health care, including IVF which so many Americans rely on to start or grow their families. Duckworth’s remarks were made at a press conference ahead of the 2nd anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision that overturned Roe v. Wade, where she was joined by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senators Patty Murray (D-… Continue Reading

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April 22, 2024

Illinois, Chicago elected officials gather for groundbreaking of O'Hare Terminal 3 improvements

Last year, it was announced O'Hare is receiving a $50 million grant from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. It's part of a $300 million Terminal 3 improvement project. Upgrades include easier ways to check bags and get through security, more concessions and expanding access for people with disabilities. "Today marks a significant step forward in redefining the travel experience at O'Hare International Airport through the ElevateT3 project," Johnson said. "This transformative initiative not on… Continue Reading

April 22, 2024

Senators show confidence in Johnson’s O’Hare rebuild plan

Mayor Brandon Johnson’s plan to tweak the massive, delayed rebuild of O’Hare International Airport got a major vote of confidence Monday from Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth. Johnson wants to change the sequencing of construction on the long-awaited Global Terminal and two new satellite concourses. That idea had initially drawn pushback from the congressional leaders when first reported earlier this month. But Durbin and Duckworth rallied behind the plan Monday. “We’re in a better place.… Continue Reading

April 17, 2024

Boeing gets Senate scrutiny after scary incidents and whistleblower complaints

Two Senate panels Wednesday will probe what’s gone wrong at Boeing. But Washington’s relationship with the United States’ most important plane manufacturer will be the inevitable subtext. Boeing’s safety practices are facing increasing scrutiny following a series of alarming incidents involving its planes, including a high-profile incident in which a door panel on a 737 MAX jet blew off midair over Oregon — and more whistleblowers coming forward with allegations. Along with obvious questions a… Continue Reading