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November 20, 2019

Is waste incinerator poisoning Sauget with heavy metal emissions? CDC will investigate.

by Kavahn Mansouri

Source: Belleville News-Democrat

The Center for Disease Control will investigate whether a waste incinerator is poisoning people in Sauget. A federal agency within the CDC is expected to announce Wednesday it will conduct a preliminary investigation into "potential health hazards" from pollution near the Veolia North America-Trade Waste Incineration facility. The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry is expected to determine if the Sauget incinerator is causing heavy metal poisoning. A permit, issued by the EPA … Continue Reading


November 12, 2019

Tammy Duckworth: It's been 15 years since my 'alive day'

by Tammy Duckworth

Source: CNN

I probably should've died in a dusty field in Iraq 15 years ago today. I still remember the rain coming down that morning, and I still remember the taste of my lunch that afternoon. But most of all, I remember the scorching heat and deafening roar of the RPG that tore through the helicopter I was flying just north of Baghdad-a blast that cost me my legs and nearly my life as well. I wouldn't have lasted the hour if it weren't for the heroism of the troops around me, who thought I … Continue Reading


November 12, 2019

Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth Honors Deported Veterans In Mexico

by Maria Ines Zamudio

Source: WBEZ

Dozens of deported U.S. military veterans and their families celebrated Veterans Day in Tijuana, Mexico, with a special guest: Iraq War combat veteran and Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth. It was an emotional day at the Deported Veterans Support House, also known as the "bunker," where deported veterans shared their stories with Duckworth. The stories were eerily similar. The veterans were born in Mexico but were raised in the U.S. As young adults, they enlisted and served in the military. … Continue Reading


November 11, 2019

Sen Tammy Duckworth Spends Veterans Day In Mexico To Be With Veterans Deported By Trump Administration

by Chantal Da Silva

Source: Newsweek

Iraq War veteran and Democratic Senator and Tammy Duckworth spent her Veterans Day across the border to be with veterans who have been deported to Mexico under the Trump administration. Duckworth, who lost both of her legs in 2004 while serving in Iraq, said she had wanted to spend the day in Tijuana to honor the service of veterans who have been turned away from the U.S. despite serving for the country. In a statement following her visit to The Bunker, a shelter for veterans who have been … Continue Reading


November 10, 2019

Wounded war vet Duckworth marks her 15th ‘Alive Day’ after Veterans Day visit to Tijuana facility for deported vets

by Lynn Sweet

Source: Chicago Sun Times

WASHINGTON - On Monday, Veterans Day, Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., a wounded Iraq war vet, will cross the border from California to Mexico to visit a facility in Tijuana helping veterans deported in this Trump era. On Tuesday, in Washington, Duckworth will celebrate her 15th "Alive Day." That's the anniversary of the day she almost died after a rocket-propelled grenade ripped through the cockpit of her Black Hawk helicopter flying over Iraq on Nov. 12, 2004. She lost her legs and partial use … Continue Reading


November 06, 2019

Senators move to protect program for immigrant military families that Trump may end

by Camilo Montoya-Galvez

Source: CBS News

Washington - A group of Democratic senators led by U.S. Army veteran Tammy Duckworth of Illinois unveiled a proposal on Wednesday to shield certain undocumented family members of U.S. troops from deportation, a move aimed at safeguarding a little-known immigration program the Trump administration is considering ending. The bill introduced by Duckworth would codify into law a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) program known as "Parole in Place," which has been "under review" by … Continue Reading


October 29, 2019

Boeing ‘set those pilots up for failure,’ Sen. Tammy Duckworth tells CEO at hearing probing 737 Max crashes

by David Koenig

Source: Chicago Tribune

Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg faced withering questions from senators Tuesday about two crashes of 737 Max jets and whether the company concealed information about a critical flight system. "We have made mistakes, and we got some things wrong," Muilenburg conceded. Some members of the Senate Commerce Committee cut Muilenburg off when they believed he was failing to answer their questions about the key flight-control system implicated in both crashes. Chicago-based … Continue Reading


October 24, 2019

Sen. Duckworth: With Syria drawdown, Donald Trump turns his back on America's credibility

by Tammy Duckworth

Source: USA Today

In the most fractious, war-torn countries in the world, victories are rare and allies you can truly count on even rarer. Yet over the past five years, the United States had found that kind of partner in the Kurds, who were willing to fight - even die - by our troops' sides to defend the free world against the Islamic State and the terror it spread. The relationship was symbiotic. We were reluctant to use ground troops in Syria to wage war against ISIS. The Kurds were willing to take that … Continue Reading


October 21, 2019

Sen. Duckworth Highlights Plan to Improve School Bus Safety Nationwide

by Taylor Hannan

Source: School Transportation News

Sen. Tammy Duckworth spoke during the 51st annual National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS) conference in Washington, D.C. about the importance of updating school buses with the latest safety technologies. She said these should include seatbelts and the funding that school districts need to install them. While the Democrat from Illinois and member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation discussed her reintroduced legislation, … Continue Reading


October 18, 2019

Airlines damage thousands of mobility aids every year. ‘It’d be an uproar’ if it were pets.

by Jayme Fraser

Source: GateHouse News

After a United Airlines flight three years ago, Isabelle Briar ripped open her thumb as she pushed her wheelchair away from the gate. The airline had cracked the metal grip ring, leaving a sharp, protruding shard. The same airline ignored Cindy Otis' complaint about damage to her power chair in 2006, responding weeks later and only after she had an attorney write a letter threatening to sue. In 2017, U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, boarded a flight hours after writing federal … Continue Reading


October 18, 2019

Duckworth: ‘We have abandoned our allies’

by Chris Hayes

Source: MSNBC

After the Trump administration made a 'deal' with Turkey to give it everything it wants in its invasion of America's Kurdish allies, Senator Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq War veteran, joins Chris Hayes to voice her strong … Continue Reading


October 09, 2019

Duckworth: Trump's troop withdrawal from Syria a 'serious mistake' that could revive ISIS

by Julia Wurth

Source: The News-Gazette

CHAMPAIGN - Calling the president's decision a "serious mistake," Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth said Wednesday she will work with her Senate colleagues to try to halt the pullout of U.S. troops from Northern Syria. Turkey began an offensive Wednesday against the U.S.-backed Syrian Kurds, who had led the fight to defeat ISIS in that region but are considered terrorists by Turkey. "I think it's absolutely the wrong thing to do for the president to unilaterally abandon our allies who have stood … Continue Reading


October 04, 2019

Duckworth, Booker File Bill to Reduce Cost of Solar Energy for Poor Families

by Alex Ruppenthal

Source: WTTW

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., is the lead sponsor behind a new bill that aims to make solar energy more affordable for low-income Americans. Duckworth and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., recently introduced the Low-Income Solar Energy Act, which would expand an existing energy assistance program while also creating new energy financing programs for the poor. The proposed legislation would also require the Department of Energy to create a solar workforce … Continue Reading


October 03, 2019

Duckworth, other officials celebrate first-phase completion of Fox River rail bridge project in Elgin

by Rafael Guerrero

Source: The Courier-News

The $34 million project to replace the Fox River rail bridge just south of Elgin's National Street Metra station and build a second rail bridge alongside it could be completed as soon as next fall, officials said. A ceremony to celebrate the first phase of work being finished on the Metra Z100 Fox River Bridge was held Thursday and attended by U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, U.S. Reps, Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Schaumburg, and Sean Casten, D-Downers Grove, who represent the Elgin area, and … Continue Reading


September 21, 2019

Durbin and Duckworth ask FCC to step up prevention of robocalls

by Staff

Source: KHQA

U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) on Wednesday urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to use the tools at its disposal to curb the number of robocalls received by Americans. In a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and the four FCC Commissioners, Durbin and Duckworth urged the agency to enhance traceback efforts to bring these scammers to justice, stop this illicit robocall traffic, and prioritize enforcing the laws already on the books. Robocallers placed 172 … Continue Reading


September 20, 2019

Hearing on online extremism amid ‘gun-violence crisis’ shows Congress’s ‘absurdity,’ says Democratic senator

by Victor Reklaitis

Source: MarketWatch

Nothing highlights the absurdity of Congress's inability to solve the gun-violence crisis then seeing 318 mass shootings in 260 days, and then holding a hearing on extremism in social media.'Illinois Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth That line came from Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth during a Wednesday hearing of the Senate Commerce Committee titled "Mass Violence, Extremism and Digital Responsibility." The panel's chairman, Mississippi Republican Sen. Roger Wicker, noted in his opening … Continue Reading


September 19, 2019

Duckworth unloads on Trump over possible attack on Iran

by Greg Hinz

Source: Crain's Chicago Business

Vowing to "do our troops justice," U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., today demanded President Donald Trump ask Congress for a declaration of war before launching any attack on Iran. In a fiery speech delivered on the Senate floor, as tensions build over an assault on Saudi Arabia oil fields, the combat-veteran lawmaker accused Trump of effectively outsourcing to Saudi officials the decision on whether there will be a U.S. military response to the attack. "We have not authorized (Trump) to … Continue Reading


September 10, 2019

Sen. Tammy Duckworth on Bolton ouster: Trump, aides, ‘can’t seem to get their act together’

by Lynn Sweet

Source: Chicago Sun Times

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's ouster on Tuesday of now former national security adviser John Bolton is not good for the morale of U.S. troops and shows the commander-in-chief and his top aides "can't seem to get their act together," said Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill. Minutes after Trump announced on Twitter that he told Bolton on Monday night "that his services are no longer needed at the White House," MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell interviewed Duckworth, a member of the Armed Services … Continue Reading


September 06, 2019

Duckworth bill would help put seat belts on every U.S. school bus

by Nader Issa

Source: Chicago Sun Times

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., reintroduced legislation Friday that she says would make it safer for students to ride school buses. At a Friday afternoon news conference outside Little Village Academy, Duckworth urged Congress to take up the "School Bus Safety Act." "It worries me that not all school buses have seat belts," said Duckworth, a member of the Senate Transportation & Safety subcommittee. "No parent should worry that their child could be injured on a school bus when there … Continue Reading


September 04, 2019

Durbin, Duckworth announces nearly $38M to Illinois to combat opioid epidemic

by Staff

Source: KHQA

U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) announced on Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded Illinois a total of $37,906,897 through the State Opioid Response Grant Program and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Overdose Data to Action Funding Program. Under the announcement, the State of Illinois will receive $28,989,372 in funding through the State Opioid Response Grant Program. Also, the City of Chicago's … Continue Reading

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