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January 05, 2024

Tokyo crash raises questions about realism of plane evacuation testing standards

by David Slotnick

The crash between a Japan Airlines passenger jet and a Japanese coast guard plane in Tokyo this week is resurfacing questions about standards used to evaluate whether aircraft can be safely evacuated during emergencies. It took about 18 minutes to evacuate Japan Airlines Flight 516, an Airbus A350-900, the Wall Street Journal reported. That's despite aircraft certification requirements that the plane could be evacuated within 90 seconds, even with half of its emergency exits blocked, and … Continue Reading

January 04, 2024

New legislation would require beauty workers to undergo domestic violence prevention training

by Daniel Smithson
Source: WSMV4

U.S. Senators Marsha Blackburn and Tammy Duckworth have introduced federal bipartisan legislation aimed at helping domestic violence victims. The Supporting the Abused by Learning Options to Navigate Survivor (SALONS) Stories Act, which would incentivize domestic violence awareness training for cosmetologists and beauty professionals, was introduced in December. Tennessee and Illinois have joined several states in passing legislation to give beauty professionals these skills, serving as … Continue Reading

December 22, 2023

Federal Illinois lawmakers demand answers from Japanese company buying U.S. Steel

by Deion Broxton

Three federal lawmakers for Illinois sent a letter questioning the Japanese company buying U.S. Steel. On Friday, U.S. Senators for Illinois Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth and U.S. Representative for Illinois Nikki Budzkinski sent a list of questions to Nippon Steel about its pending acquisition of U.S. Steel. The letter inquires about the plans for the Granite City plant. The transaction is worth about $14.9 billion when including the assumption of debt. The combined company will be among … Continue Reading

December 21, 2023

‘See the signs’: Federal funds proposed for beauty professionals to receive domestic violence awareness training before being certified

by Mye Owens
Source: WKRN News

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) - One in four - it’s a staggering number, but that is how many women will be affected by domestic violence in their lifetime. Advocates have pushed for federal laws to increase awareness of the issue for decades, and now they are celebrating a win. It can be one of the most critical relationships women have. A stylist often hears about the good times and the bad. “If there’s bruising or hair that’s been pulled or any of the other physical signs,” explained Susanne … Continue Reading

December 15, 2023

Senators push for salon workers to be trained to spot signs of domestic violence

by Kate Santaliz and Julie Tsirkin
Source: NBC News

Nashville hairstylist Susanne Post didn’t come to terms with her own abusive relationship until she confided in another person. “It was when someone said the words, ‘This is abuse,’ that I actually took the time to research and find out what that was outside of the physical signs,” she told NBC News in an interview Wednesday. Knowing first-hand how tight-knit the relationship between cosmetologists and their clients can be, Post turned her trauma into healing and launched Shear Haven, an … Continue Reading

December 12, 2023

Tammy Duckworth calls Texas GOP treatment of Kate Cox ‘horrific’

by Olafimihan Oshin
Source: The Hill

Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) called out Texas Republicans on Monday for their treatment of Kate Cox, a pregnant woman who fled the state to obtain an abortion procedure after her fetus was diagnosed with a fatal condition, referring to it as “horrific.”  “What Texas Republicans are doing to Kate Cox is horrific,” Duckworth wrote in a post on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter. “No one should be forced to leave their state just to get the healthcare they … Continue Reading

December 09, 2023

Applesauce lead cases in kids surge amid questions on FDA oversight

by Amanda Morris, Teddy Amenabar, Laura Reiley and Jenna Portnoy

It started as a routine investigation: Two young siblings in western North Carolina had tested positive for lead poisoning in June. Alan Huneycutt, a longtime environmental health specialist with the state’s Department of Health and Human Services, was doggedly trying to find the source. He had ruled out the usual suspects in and around the children’s home — old paint, contaminated water, tainted soil — yet the children’s lead levels continued to climb. What he eventually found — that the … Continue Reading

December 06, 2023

Chicago’s Union Station to get $93 million for upgrades

by David Struett

Chicago Union Station will get $93 million in federal funding for upgrades, but the grant total is far less than what officials had sought and doesn’t address Amtrak’s wish list of track improvements outside the station. U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth, who had pushed for the Chicago Hub Improvement Project funding, announced the grant Wednesday. The funding will expand platforms and make them compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as upgrade ventilation … Continue Reading

November 17, 2023

Senate Democrats demand answers from manufacturers over RSV drug shortage

by Nathaniel Weixel
Source: The Hill

A group of Senate Democrats are demanding answers about a shortage of a new drug that prevents respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in infants. In a letter led by Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) sent Friday, the lawmakers asked manufacturers AstraZeneca and Sanofi for more information about the current supply of nirsevimab, when the companies first became aware of the shortage, and why they were so unprepared for the demand. “As our nation braces for the 2023-2024 RSV season, we are concerned … Continue Reading

November 15, 2023

Chicago is emerging as a quantum tech hub

by Justin Kaufmann

The Chicago area is quickly emerging as a national leader in quantum technology. What's happening: The region was recently designated a quantum technology hub by the U.S. Department of Commerce, which will bring federal funding to area universities. Just this week, scientists, academics and engineers convened in Hyde Park for the Chicago Quantum Summit. Why it matters: Leaders hope the new designation and collaboration among universities and national laboratories like FermiLab and … Continue Reading

November 10, 2023

Senator introduces legislation to address deportation and other challenges for immigrant veterans

by Matthew Adams

Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., reintroduced a package of bills on Thursday that would address the deportation of immigrants who served in the U.S. military and ensure they have access to resources at the Department of Veterans Affairs. “The reality is far too many men and women have been deported by the very same nation they risked their lives to defend,” she said. “Our deported immigrant veterans fought for this country, and it is past time we fight for them, too.” The Healthcare … Continue Reading

November 09, 2023

Duckworth introduces legislation to tackle deportation, mental health challenges with immigrant veterans

by Brad Dress
Source: The Hill

Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) will introduce a set of bills Thursday to address the deportation of immigrants who served in the U.S. military and to help ensure they are connected to mental health services with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Duckworth’s HOPE Act would allow nonviolent, deported immigrant veterans to temporarily return to the U.S. for treatment at a VA facility on a case-by-case basis. Like other veterans, immigrants who served can struggle with mental health, … Continue Reading

November 09, 2023

Air traffic controller fatigue a factor in airport near misses, Senate panel told

by Ian Duncan

The nation saw almost two dozen serious close calls at airports in the past year, the highest number in more than a decade, and a Senate panel was told Thursday that the rise is partly connected to overstretched air traffic controllers regularly required to work up to 60 hours a week. Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), who called the hearing as chair of an aviation subcommittee, said the incidents were evidence of a system under stress. “Our nation is experiencing an aviation safety crisis … Continue Reading

November 09, 2023

A shortage of air traffic controllers is hurting safety, aviation experts warn Senate

by Joel Rose
Source: NPR

A series of close calls on runways across the United States has gotten the attention of aviation experts — and a key Senate committee that oversees the industry. Safety experts and union leaders told a Senate Commerce subcommittee Thursday that a shortage of air traffic controllers is leading to fatigue and distraction, likely contributing to a growing list of close calls at major airports this year. The aviation safety system is "showing clear signs of strain that we cannot ignore," … Continue Reading

October 31, 2023

Duckworth: Stellantis could be the beginning of big companies choosing Illinois to set up shop

by William Ingalls
Source: WREX

Thousands of people across the Stateline are still celebrating early reports that new life will come to Belvidere's assembly plant. Over the last weekend in October, leaked parts of the deal between the UAW and Stellantis show Belvidere will manufacture a new truck and battery starting sometime in late 2026 or early 2027. Senator Tammy Duckworth talked one-on-one with WREX on Tuesday to talk about the impacts of the deal. She spent time echoing what many had said about the impact this … Continue Reading

October 27, 2023

Lawmakers propose 7 days paid leave for families who experience miscarriage or other unsuccessful parenthood attempts

by Adrian Mojica
Source: WLOS

A federal lawmaker is proposing a bill which would provide 7 days of paid leave for families who experience a miscarriage or other unsuccessful attempts at parenthood. U.S. Representative Ayanna Pressley (D-MA-7), is the sponsor of H.R. 6103, otherwise known as the Support Through Loss Act. The bill is also sponsored in the Senate by Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL). Under the bill, Americans would receive 7 days paid leave to "process and address their own health needs and the health needs of … Continue Reading

October 26, 2023

Democratic lawmakers push paid leave for pregnancy loss

by Maya Goldman
Source: Axios

Democratic lawmakers on Thursday introduced legislation that would require employers to provide at least seven days of paid time off following a pregnancy loss. Why it matters: Miscarriages are common, occurring in an estimated 10% to 20% of known pregnancies. While more employers are offering paid leave following a pregnancy loss, there's no national paid leave program. Details: The bill from Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) and Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) would require employers to provide … Continue Reading

October 26, 2023

New Bill Would Offer Paid Leave for Pregnancy Loss and Other Family-Building Losses

by Maressa Brown
Source: Parents

Whether you’re trying to conceive on your own, through assisted reproductive medicine or pursuing adoption or surrogacy—family-building can be joyful and challenging all at once. There’s no guarantee that beginning any of these processes will result in welcoming a child, and many people face loss along the way. While often underreported, it’s estimated that pregnancy loss occurs in 10-20% of known pregnancies.1 Unsuccessful fertility treatments, adoption, or surrogacy arrangements are also … Continue Reading

October 24, 2023

Senators seek over-the-counter birth control access for troops

by Svetlana Shkolnikova

More than 30 senators are urging the Defense Department to offer an over-the-counter birth control pill for service members and their families to improve troop access to reproductive health care. The senators said they want to see health coverage for the military community expanded to include over-the-counter contraceptives such as Opill, the first nonprescription daily pill approved by the Food and Drug Administration in July. “Access to contraception, as well as education about it, … Continue Reading

October 19, 2023

Demand for Donor Breast Milk in Chicago Area Increasing, As Bipartisan Bill Aims to Improve Access Nationwide

by Eunice Alpasan
Source: WTTW

Alisha Lopez was a new mother to baby Hazel this past summer when she learned from lactation consultants that she was producing more breast milk than was necessary to feed her baby. She made the decision to donate her breast milk after seeing firsthand as a nurse how donor breast milk can be used to help sick and premature babies in neonatal intensive care units. Lopez pumped milk and stored it in bags in her fridge and freezer from July through early October. When Lopez made her first milk … Continue Reading

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