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February 02, 2023

Duckworth tapped to lead a Senate panel that's vital to O'Hare—and U.S. aviation

by Greg Hinz

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., has been named to lead a key Senate panel, one that puts her in a powerful position to improve safety in the nation's aviation system and boost both ground and air access to O'Hare International Airport. The post is the chairmanship of the aviation subcommittee of the Senate Commerce Committee. Duckworth will take over as the panel takes up reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration, the agency that regulates almost all aspects of the flying … Continue Reading

January 31, 2023

A woman’s calls sustained her incarcerated grandson. Now a law in her name will lower prison phone rates.

by Candice Norwood

Ulandis Forte had to adjust to a lot of changes during his 18 years of incarceration. From the time he was 20 years old, he moved from facility to facility, in states as far apart as Virginia, Ohio, Arizona and Pennsylvania. One constant in his life, however, were Sunday phone calls with his grandmother Martha Wright-Reed. "I grew up in prison with my grandmother," Forte, 49, told The 19th. "We talked at least once a week, every Sunday after church, when she got home. She kept me focused. I … Continue Reading

January 20, 2023

Bipartisan bill introduced to establish memorial honoring women on home front during WWII

by Jess Liptzin

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - A new memorial coming to Washington, D.C. will honor the 18 million women on the home front during World War II. U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) introduced the bipartisan legislation to honor women who worked as code breakers, engineers, pilots and more during the war. The legislation was recently signed into law by President Joe Biden. According to a release from Sen. Duckworth's office, the bill was co-sponsored in the U.S. Senate by senators Marsha … Continue Reading

January 11, 2023

IL Sen. Tammy Duckworth says federal earmarks in US budget helping Streator, Cedar Point, and Ottawa

Source: 1430 WCMY

Federal earmarks are helping three cities in LaSalle County. About $1.6 million will be used to install new storm sewers in Streator and replace thirty year old equipment at the city's wastewater treatment plant. In Cedar Point, $530,000 will also be used to upgrade the city's wastewater treatment plant. Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth says the money was included in the federal budget because smaller communities have been having a hard time getting federal funding for projects. So congressional … Continue Reading

January 10, 2023

EPA to award $100M to boost environmental justice programs


WASHINGTON (AP) - The Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday it is awarding $100 million in competitive grants for projects that advance environmental justice in communities disproportionately affected by industrial pollution and other hazards. The funding, established through the 2022 climate and health law signed by President Joe Biden, marks the largest environmental justice grants the agency has ever offered. The projects are among the first from an expected $3 billion in block … Continue Reading

January 05, 2023

Biden signs bill to ease costs for prisoner calls to family


WASHINGTON (AP) - President Joe Biden on Thursday signed into law a bill aimed at easing the cost for prisoners to call family and friends. The legislation clarifies that the Federal Communications Commission, which regulates interstate and international communications through cable, radio, television, satellite and wire, can set limits for fees on audio and video calls inside corrections facilities. Phone calls from prisons and jails are a lifeline for those incarcerated, but the cost … Continue Reading

January 04, 2023

Bipartisan bill introduced to establish memorial honoring women on home front during WWII

by Heartland News

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - A new memorial coming to Washington, D.C. will honor the 18 million women on the home front during World War II. U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) introduced the bipartisan legislation to honor women who worked as code breakers, engineers, pilots and more during the war. The legislation was recently signed into law by President Joe Biden. According to a release from Sen. Duckworth's office, the bill was co-sponsored in the U.S. Senate by senators Marsha … Continue Reading

December 19, 2022

CTA, Metra to get $185 million in federal funding to make stations more accessible

by Alice Yin

Chicago will receive a total of $185 million in federal funding to make several of its Chicago Transit Authority and Metra stations accessible for disabled riders, officials announced Monday as part of a new program tucked into the bipartisan infrastructure law signed by President Joe Biden last year. Combined, Chicago will receive the second-largest bundle of grants, after New York City, under a provision in the massive $1 trillion bill that sets aside $1.75 billion for transit agencies to … Continue Reading

December 16, 2022

Duckworth sponsoring new legislation that would require FAA to do more for passenger safety

by Jewell Hillery

CHICAGO - As millions of people pack onto planes this holiday season lawmakers in Washington are urging the Federal Aviation Administration to update emergency safety standards. The new legislation Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth is sponsoring would require the FAA to do more to prioritize passenger safety by considering realities like seat size, carry on bags and people with disabilities when it comes to emergency evacuation protocol. While no one wants to think about an emergency … Continue Reading

December 15, 2022

Democrats Look to Protect Fertility Treatments in Post-Roe Era

by Oriana Gonzalez
Source: Axios

Democrats are moving to protect access to fertility treatments in anticipation of a raft of bills bestowing legal rights on fetuses that are expected to be introduced in state legislatures next year. Driving the news: Sens. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) are introducing legislation in the Senate later today to outline a federal right to fertility treatments, in the belief restrictions on abortion could otherwise apply to assisted reproductive technologies, Axios has … Continue Reading

December 15, 2022

Senate Democrats Seek To Protect IVF Ahead Of Looming Attacks In Abortion Fight

by Alanna Vagianos
Source: Huffpost

As politicians and organizers across the country battle ongoing abortion restrictions in the wake of Roe v. Wade's demise, many are gearing up for the next fight in the war on reproductive justice: ensuring continued access to in vitro fertilization and other fertility treatments. Democratic Sens. Tammy Duckworth (Ill.) and Patty Murray (Wash.) are anticipating that fight with the introduction of new legislation, the Right To Build Families Act of 2022. The bill, introduced in the Senate … Continue Reading

December 08, 2022

'Not in the Normal Conditions': Sen. Duckworth Wants to Change How Airlines Downsize Seats, Evacuation Plans

by CBS Chicago Team

CHICAGO (CBS) -- Airlines have been downsizing their seats for years which led the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to set new standards, to ensure passengers can evacuate a plane in 90 seconds or less. But that testing has been widely criticized for not taking people with disabilities into account. CBS Correspondent Kris Van Cleave reports Illinois U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth is looking to make changes. In a simulated cabin that can be filled with smoke and plunged into darkness, the FAA … Continue Reading

December 08, 2022

U.S. Senators Want FAA to Rewrite Aircraft Evacuation Standards

by David Shepardson
Source: Reuters

WASHINGTON, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Two U.S. senators are proposing legislation to require the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to rewrite aircraft evacuation standards to do a better job of taking real life conditions into account. Current rules say airlines must be able to evacuate passengers within 90 seconds but do not set seat size requirements. The FAA uses tests to determine if shrinking seat sizes and seat pitch on airplanes are safe. Senators Tammy Duckworth and Tammy Baldwin argue … Continue Reading

November 30, 2022

Durbin, Duckworth cosponsor Senate bill to allow year-round E15 sales

by Timothy Eggert

A bipartisan group of 15 Corn Belt senators has introduced legislation that would permit nationwide summer sales of E15 and other higher ethanol blend fuels. U.S. Sens. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., introduced the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act of 2022 on Tuesday. Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Springfield, and Tammy Duckworth, D-Hoffman Estates, are among the bill's cosponsors. The bill would largely make a regulatory change in the Clean Air Act's fuel volatility language to … Continue Reading

November 29, 2022

Sen. Tammy Duckworth on Same-Sex Marriage Protections, Potential Rail Strike

by Eunice Alpasan

Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth says the Respect for Marriage Act is "a great first step" in further protecting same-sex marriage. Her remarks on the bill came just hours before the Senate approved the measure in a bipartisan 61-36 vote. Duckworth spoke on a number of legislative issues that U.S. lawmakers are taking up during the lame-duck session before a new Congress is sworn in early next year. Republicans will be taking control of the House in January while Democrats remain in control of … Continue Reading

November 17, 2022

by Matt Sheehan

ILLINOIS (WMBD) - Looking to expand the electric vehicle infrastructure here in Illinois. Central Illinois has seen a lot of growth with EV manufacturer Rivian in Normal, but U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) tells WMBD there's more to be done. "One of the things in the supply chain manufacturing that I want to work on, is to bring a battery manufacturer to Illinois. Hopefully they can be co-located or near Rivian to be a source. But overall, we need more battery manufacturing. And I've … Continue Reading

November 03, 2022


Illinoisans in need of assistance to cover rising heating bills this winter can get some help from the state's Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) which has received additional funding from the federal government. The state's U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D) and Tammy Duckworth (D) noted the release of $208,170,481 in federal funding came from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services following a letter sent by a number of senators in October. The letter noted an additional … Continue Reading

October 26, 2022

Delay to Incentive Pay Boost for Guard and Reserves Draws Rebuke from Lawmakers

by Rebecca Kheel

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is pushing the Pentagon over a delay in National Guardsmen and reservists receiving higher incentive pay caused by the department failing to deliver a report to Congress on time. At issue is a provision in last year's National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, that required the Defense Department to give members of reserve components incentive pay equal to the bonuses given to active-duty service members. The bill required the Pentagon to complete a report … Continue Reading

October 21, 2022

Durbin, Duckworth push for National Landmark status for Chicago church where Emmett Till's service was held

by FOX 32 News

CHICAGO - Chicago native Emmett Till is being honored with a statue in Greenwood, Mississippi. The nine-foot bronze statue stands just miles from the crumbling remains of the store where he was accused of whistling at a white woman - an event that lead to his kidnapping and murder. Till's death, and most notably his funeral, sparked a new day in the Civil Rights movement. His mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, insisted that he have an open casket service despite his face being unrecognizably … Continue Reading

October 18, 2022

Amputee Action Item: Medicare Coverage for Power Wheelchairs

Source: Amplitude

Among the many absurdities in the US system of health insurance, the rules that govern what is and isn't "medically necessary" stand out. Advanced prosthetic limbs that support balance, mobility, independence, and mental health don't fit the definition. Neither do many power wheelchairs that provide the same benefits. In the last couple of years, the Amputee Coalition, other disability advocates, and Congressional allies have made serious progress toward overturning some of these nonsensical … Continue Reading

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