[PALATINE, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today delivered the commencement address to the Class of 2022 at William Rainer Harper Community College. For the College's first in-person graduation ceremony since 2019, Duckworth reflected on the determination and hard work of today's graduates and stressed the importance of service in all forms for graduates as they move through the next phase in their lives. Photos from today's ceremony are available here.
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Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) led 5 of her colleagues in sending a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting that the agency conduct a comprehensive, wide-ranging study into the persisting barriers that Americans with disabilities of all backgrounds experience in accessing healthcare, including access to medical treatment, services, equipment and more. Along with Duckworth, this letter was cosigned by U.S. Senator and Chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Healt… Continue Reading
U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), member of the U.S. Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, today released the following statement after Senate Republicans blocked the passage of the Small Business COVID Relief Act, which failed on a vote of 52-43. This legislation would have provided critical relief to restaurants, live event venues and other small businesses, including fitness facilities as a result of the legislation including provisions of the Senator's GYMs Act.
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Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth joined 12 fellow Democratic Senators yesterday in re-introducing legislation to expand voter registration and civic engagement initiatives.
Duckworth re-filed the Pre-Registration of Voters Everywhere Act, known as the PROVE Act, that would allow for U.S. Citizens aged 16 and 17 to pre-register to be added to voter rolls when they turn 18. Additionally, the PROVE Act also provides $25 million in grants, over two years, for states to distribute to schools and loc… Continue Reading
Seven of the top 10 states with the most lead pipes carrying drinking water into homes are in the Great Lakes region, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. Illinois and Chicago also have the dubious honors of being at the top of the lists as the state and city with the most lead pipes of anywhere in the country.
This means that millions of people drink and cook with water delivered through aging lead pipes. With water bills on the rise, many households are paying more for water th… Continue Reading
There are nearly 700,000 lead water lines to homes and businesses across Illinois - more than half in Chicago - that have to be replaced because they are made with brain-damaging lead, government officials warned.
What's more, that number could be well over 1 million as the state has identified an additional 820,000 water service lines that are made of "unknown material," Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Director John Kim said at a hearing in Chicago held by U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth.
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