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February 26, 2021

New federal COVID-19 vaccination site opens March 10 at United Center

by WBBM Newsradio Staff Report

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) - A new, federal COVID-19 mass vaccination site is coming to Chicago. The Biden Administration, Governor Pritzker, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth announced Friday that the United Center will be home to the state's latest mass vaccination site. Beginning March 10, all eligible Illinoisans will be able to be vaccinated at the new site that prioritizes access for seniors and equity … Continue Reading

February 25, 2021

Group of Senate Democrats call on Biden to create Office of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Wellbeing

by Caroline Kelly
Source: CNN

(CNN) -- Seven Senate Democrats are asking President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to establish a White House office devoted to reproductive health that would create a federal policy home positioned to address the issue across the administration. In a letter sent Tuesday, Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Ed Markey of Massachusetts, Jeff Merkley of Oregon, Tammy Duckworth of Illinois and Richard … Continue Reading

February 25, 2021

Senate Democrats call on GAO to review child care access barriers for disabled parents, kids

by Zack Budryk
Source: The Hill

Democratic Sens. Tammy Duckworth (Ill.), Maggie Hassan (N.H.) and Bob Casey (Pa.) on Thursday asked the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to review obstacles to child care access for disabled parents and children. In the letter, the three lawmakers asked for currently available information about such barriers and how they intersect with race, ethnicity and income. They also requested information about current ways child care facilities are trying to address those barriers, including any … Continue Reading

February 24, 2021

Biden signs supply chain order after 'positive' meeting with lawmakers

by Maggie Miller and Morgan Chalfant
Source: The Hill

President Biden on Wednesday signed an executive order directing a review of supply chains for critical products across numerous sectors, including health, defense and communications. The order directs a 100-day review across federal agencies to address vulnerabilities in supply chains of pharmaceuticals, critical minerals, semiconductors and large-capacity batteries like those used to power electric vehicles. It also requires sector-specific reviews in six areas over the next year to … Continue Reading

February 23, 2021

Illinois senator introduce bill to benefit veterans during pandemic

by Quenice Williams

WASHINGTON, DC (WMBD)- U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced bipartisan legislation to reduce Veterans' healthcare costs and protect their access to healthcare during the pandemic. Duckworth, a veteran, said the bill, the No Coronavirus Copays for Veterans Act (NCCVA), ensures that veterans are not expected to pay out-of-pocket for qualifying coronavirus preventative services. "All Americans deserve access to the best healthcare possible- especially … Continue Reading

February 22, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin ask feds to test air at relocated General Iron site

by Brett Chase

After meeting with several hunger strikers, U.S. Sens. Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin are asking federal health officials to test the air for metals and harmful contaminants around the Southeast Side industrial site where the relocated General Iron car shredder is being built. Duckworth and Durbin, joined by U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly who represents the area, said in a letter that there is "an urgent need" to determine whether the new facility, rebranded Southside Recycling, poses a public health … Continue Reading

February 17, 2021

Women in the Air Force are finally getting body armor that fits

by David Roza

Women have been serving in the Air Force Security Forces since 1976, but it's taken 45 years for the service to finally provide them with body armor that actually fits. At long last, female airmen with the 377th Security Forces Group at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico have become one of the first to get fitted with protective vests designed for them. Unlike the old armor, which was designed to fit the average male body, the new variant is lighter, has a curved chest plate, a shorter torso … Continue Reading

February 15, 2021

Tammy Duckworth Urges Joe Biden to Upend Entire USPS Board for 'Silence' Under Louis DeJoy

by Oscar Quine
Source: Newsweek

Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) has urged President Joe Biden to replace the entire board of governors at the United States Postal Service. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy was widely criticized for cuts at the service following his appointment last spring that were seen as political in the run-up to the November election. In a letter, dated February 12, Duckworth said it is important to show that the governors' "silence" in the face of the alleged sabotage will not be tolerated. "Since its … Continue Reading

February 13, 2021

Duckworth urges Biden to oust entire Postal Service board

by Celine Castronuovo
Source: The Hill

Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) on Friday urged President Biden to replace every member on the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) board of governors. In a letter, Duckworth specifically cited "recent and abject failure of leadership at the top of the USPS," under Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a GOP fundraiser who attracted criticism last year after he implemented systemwide cost-cutting measures in the months leading up to the 2020 presidential election. The Illinois senator wrote Friday that … Continue Reading

February 09, 2021

1908 Springfield Race Riot National Monument Act reintroduced by Democratic senators

by Natalie Pierre

U.S. Sens. Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin continue to push for Springfield's history to receive greater attention. This week, in the midst of Black History Month, the pair of Democratic senators re-introduced legislation calling for the sites of Springfield's 1908 Race Riot to be designated as a national monument. "The 1908 Springfield Race Riots were a violent and hateful tragedy that are a part of Illinois' tumultuous history and shouldn't be forgotten," Durbin said. "It is because of … Continue Reading

February 09, 2021

Senator Duckworth: The Impeachment Trial Is a Choice Between Our Constitutional Values and Donald Trump

by U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth
Source: Time

In 2004, I packed up my rucksack, laced up my boots and deployed to Iraq-ready to sacrifice whatever was asked of me. Ready to hear the "tap, tap, tap" of gunfire against my Black Hawk. Ready to lose my life, if necessary, all because I loved this nation and believed in the sanctity of our electoral system, which had declared George W. Bush my Commander-in-Chief. I lost my legs proudly fighting in a war I didn't support, on the orders of a President I didn't vote for, because I believed in … Continue Reading

February 08, 2021

Proposed “Restaurants Act” to bring more relief for businesses

by Maya Skinner
Source: WSILTV

(WSIL) -- Restaurants are one of many industries hit hard by COVID-19. U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Illinois) is now in support of the bipartisan Restaurants Act that hopes to provide assistance to the industry. Last week, the senate added an amendment to the budget reconciliation bill, which would ensure that the final Covid-19 relief package includes the Restaurants Act. The Restaurants Act would create a $120 billion restaurant fund to help restaurants and bars that have been affected … Continue Reading

February 03, 2021

Sen. Duckworth Wants EPA To Install Metal Emission Monitors At Sauget Incinerator

by Eric Schmid

SAUGET - U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth is calling on the new acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to install multimetal emissions monitoring at Veolia Environmental Services' incinerator. The Illinois Democrat made her request to Jane Nishida in a letter last week, after another government agency determined it could not conduct a health consultation in the communities that surround Veolia's plant. Duckworth writes she asked the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' … Continue Reading

February 02, 2021

Senate Democrats Draft Resolution Condemning White Supremacy

by Terrell Jermaine Starr
Source: The Root

In response to the Trump-encouraged coup attempt in Washington, D.C., last month, Senate Democrats are drafting a resolution condemning white supremacy. Axios reports that the resolution, whose lead sponsor is Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), will be introduced Tuesday. Keep in mind that Trump's impeachment trial on the charges of "incitement of the insurrection" begins next week. The resolution also calls for the FBI and the U.S. intelligence community to investigate the targeting and … Continue Reading

January 15, 2021

Both Illinois Senators Ask Joe Biden to Designate Site of 1908 Springfield Race Riot as a National Monument

by Joe Jurado
Source: The Root

Both of Illinois' senators have sent a request to President-Elect Biden to designate the site of a 1908 race riot, which inspired the creation of the NAACP, as a national monument. According to NBC News, the 1908 race riot in Springfield, Ill., occurred when 5,000 white people pillaged multiple Black neighborhoods in an effort to find and lynch two Black men for allegedly murdering one white man and raping a white woman. After learning that the two men had been transferred to a jail in … Continue Reading

January 14, 2021

Sen. Tammy Duckworth on watching rioters wave the American flag while attacking the Capitol

by Emma Hinchliffe and Kristen Bellstrom
Source: Fortune

When rioters egged on by President Trump stormed the Capitol a week ago, Sen. Tammy Duckworth wasn't in the Senate chamber with her colleagues. She was in the complex's underground tunnels, en route to the Senate floor, where she planned to speak in favor of certifying the Electoral College ballots in the 2020 U.S. presidential election. But that speech was not to be. Before Duckworth could board the train to the floor, Capitol Police told her that rioters were pressing against the building … Continue Reading

January 12, 2021

Senator Tammy Duckworth: “We Will Not Put Up With Folks Who Choose to Attack Our Democracy”

by Emma Specter
Source: Vogue

On Wednesday, January 6, much of the country watched in horror as an unruly mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in an effort to stop the certification of Joe Biden's presidential victory. As the violence and chaos unfolded, many elected officials were forced to shelter in place. Illinois senator Tammy Duckworth (D) was one of those elected officials, barricading herself in a secure location for hours; on Tuesday, Vogue spoke to the senator about her experience of last week's events, … Continue Reading

January 11, 2021

Sen. Duckworth demands Pentagon prosecute vets and troops who participated in Capitol riot

by David Roza

Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) is calling on Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller to investigate active-duty and retired service members who stormed the U.S. Capitol building last week and hold them accountable under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Duckworth, a retired Army lieutenant colonel, wrote in a letter to Miller that service members and veterans who joined in the riot betrayed their oaths by participating "in a seditious conspiracy that used force" to oppose the … Continue Reading

January 11, 2021

Duckworth demands Pentagon investigate if troops participated in Capitol 'coup attempt'

by Lara Seligman
Source: Politico

Sen. Tammy Duckworth, an Illinois Democrat and Iraq War veteran, on Monday demanded the Pentagon investigate allegations that troops and military retirees played a role in the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob on Wednesday. In a letter to acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller obtained by POLITICO, Duckworth asked the Pentagon to cooperate with federal agencies and the Capitol Police to investigate active-duty or retired service members who played a role in what she called … Continue Reading

January 06, 2021

Sen. Duckworth pushes for electoral vote count to continue soon

Source: Fox News
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