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October 14, 2023

Feds send $140 million to Illinois to replace lead service lines

by Zeta Cross

The federal government is sending an additional $139.7 million in federal funds to help modernize drinking water infrastructure in Illinois communities. U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth’s Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act (DWWIA) in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will provide grants to help municipalities remove lead pipes and contaminants from drinking water. Nidnan Singh, deputy manager for the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) State Revolving Fund (SRF), said the … Continue Reading

October 12, 2023

Duckworth touts Illinois clean energy, tries to reassure allies about Ukraine funding on trip to Europe

by Tina Sfondeles

On a multileg trip to Europe to promote Illinois’ clean energy advancements, U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth also is reassuring foreign allies that aid to Ukraine remains a top priority for Democrats — no matter what drama ensues among House Republicans.  Currently in the United Kingdom, the Illinois senator began her trip on Sunday with a stop in Romania, a NATO ally bordering Ukraine. “Part of what I’m going to be bringing forward is also a messaging at the federal level from the White House and … Continue Reading

October 12, 2023

Duckworth reiterates U.S. NATO commitment during Romania trip

by Sean Lisitza
Source: WMBD

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Il.) reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to all members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) during a visit to Romania. According to Duckworth’s office, the Illinois Democrat met with Romanian parliamentarians, the Minister of Defense, the Secretary of State for Strategic Affairs and other leaders. She discussed the fighting in Ukraine, and how continued American support to Ukraine on the other side of the Romanian border is not just important to … Continue Reading

October 12, 2023

Illinois lawmakers press Biden for more resources to assist incoming asylum seekers

by Nathan Langley
Source: WREX

Lawmakers from across Illinois urge President Joe Biden to respond to the state's arriving migrants. Led by U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), members of the Illinois Democratic Congressional Delegation wrote to Biden. In their remarks, the policymakers called on the President to provide Illinois and Chicago the necessary resources to receive asylum seekers in a safe and orderly fashion. "As members of the Illinois congressional delegation, we … Continue Reading

September 26, 2023

Illinois senator announces $139 million for clean water

by WQAD Digital Team
Source: WQAD

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency will receive almost $140 million to help keep the Prairie State's rivers and lakes clean. Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) announced on Sept. 26 that the agency would be receiving the money, which comes from the Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act. According to Duckworth's office, the money will go towards getting lead and other contaminants out of the state's drinking water, as well as boost Illinois's Drinking Water State Revolving … Continue Reading

September 23, 2023

Senator Duckworth joins striking UAW workers in Chicago area

by Nathan Langley
Source: WREX

U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) arrived in Naperville to show her support for striking United Auto Workers Friday. As workers from Stellantis' Chrysler Parts Distribution center in Naperville walked off the job at noon yesterday, Duckworth joined their efforts picketing for better pay and benefits.  "These hardworking Americans sacrificed to keep the auto industry afloat when things were tough, and they deserve their fair share now that the industry is reporting record profits and … Continue Reading

September 23, 2023

As the UAW strike expands to Illinois, U.S. Senator Duckworth joins picket lines in Naperville

by Newsroom
Source: 92.7 WMAY

The UAW strike is expanding to Illinois. U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth joined striking United Auto Workers on the picket lines at Stellantis’ Chrysler Parts Distribution center in Naperville on Friday. Workers there walked out from the facility at noon as part of a nationwide collective effort to ensure better pay and better benefits for auto workers. Duckworth said that workers deserve more money because they sacrificed to keep the auto industry afloat during the Great Recession, because … Continue Reading

September 22, 2023

Naperville, Bolingbrook UAW strike against GM, Stellantis

by Kasey Chronis
Source: Fox 32

Car dealerships across the nation may soon be feeling the effects of the ongoing United Auto Workers strike. After little progress was made at the bargaining table, the strike, on Friday, entered its eighth day against GM and Stellantis, which makes Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram vehicles.  "The companies know how to make this right," said United Auto Workers President Shawn Fain. "Invest these record profits into stable jobs and sustainable wages and benefits, it’s that simple." Now, UAW … Continue Reading

September 15, 2023

Shaheen, Warren and Duckworth want to know if Musk limited Ukraine's Starlink access at a crucial point in war with Russia

by Courtney Kube
Source: NBC News

Three Democratic members of the Senate Armed Services Committee are asking Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin for answers about whether Elon Musk or other commercial satellite providers disabled or restricted the Ukrainian military’s access to communication networks and whether the Defense Department has the authority to intervene. The questions stem from reporting in journalist Walter Isaacson’s biography of Musk, who in addition to his roles at Tesla and the social media platform formerly known … Continue Reading

September 14, 2023

Lawmakers Reintroduce Bill to Expand Fertility Services to Service Members, Veterans

by Patricia Kime
Source: Military

Senate and House Democrats are trying again to expand fertility treatments for active-duty personnel and veterans whose military-related disabilities render them unable to conceive without help.  Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Rick Larsen, both Democrats from Washington state, along with Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., plan to introduce bills in their chambers Thursday that would cover in vitro fertilization, cryopreservation of eggs and sperm, and other health treatments for military family and … Continue Reading

September 14, 2023

After infant formula crisis, lawmakers look to donor milk

by Ariel Cohen
Source: Roll Call

An infant formula shortage last year that left store shelves empty and parents panicked spurred lawmakers to scramble for solutions. One year later, some think they’ve found one: Donor breast milk. On Thursday, a bipartisan group of lawmakers led by Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., will introduce a bill that aims to increase access to pasteurized donor milk for infants and push the FDA to regulate the practice. It’s the latest move aimed at solving a problem that dominated headlines last year. … Continue Reading

September 08, 2023

Illinois lands Chinese EV battery plant as Pritzker, Duckworth seek more deals with Asian companies

by Tina Sfondeles

A Chinese electric battery maker’s decision to open a plant in Kankakee County is a huge victory in Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s all-out bid to bring more Asian companies to Illinois. It’s also part of a larger effort. Pritzker and U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth are trying to seal deals with Asian companies — the governor through a direct line of communication with business heads, and Duckworth with two Asian trips under her belt this year to try to encourage cooperation and agreements. “There’s a lot of … Continue Reading

September 08, 2023

Sen. Tammy Duckworth visits Champaign in quest to require school bus seat belts

by Emily Hays

A few weeks ago, a student in Ohio died and 23 others were injured when a minivan hit their bus on the first day of school. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, an Illinois Democrat, visited Champaign on Friday to promote her solution. “Any fatality or serious injury is one too many when we have proven affordable technologies available today that could prevent such a tragedy,” she said, after a meeting with school officials at the Unit 4 Transportation Center.  Duckworth has been introducing her School … Continue Reading

September 08, 2023

Illinois Senator & Champaign schools team up to promote school bus safety

by Alyssa Patrick
Source: WAND News

Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth is reintroducing a bill to require seat belts and other safety equipment on all buses.  "When I was serving our country in Iraq, I wore full safety gear. My helmet, my 5-point harness seatbelt, along with my training and equipment, is what saved my life," Senator Duckworth explained. Now, she's working to ensure every child has a seat belt when they get on their school bus each morning. "In Ohio, one elementary school student was killed and other 23 injured … Continue Reading

September 06, 2023

How To Fix U.S. Air Travel for Passengers With Disabilities | Opinion

by Tammy Duckworth, Edward J. Markey, Tammy Baldwin
Source: Newsweek

When Kwaku Agyeman, a wheelchair agent at D.C.'s Reagan National Airport, first started his job 10 years ago, he was paid only $5.65 per hour, relying on tips to bring his salary up to the minimum wage. In the years since, his working conditions have hardly improved. He's not alone. Workers like Kwaku have seen their wages drop and benefits like health care disappear over the past decade, all while performing essential jobs like transporting baggage, providing food service, and assisting those … Continue Reading

August 31, 2023

Sen. Tammy Duckworth Announces $3.5 million from EPA to Upgrade Harvey Water Infrastructure

by Hank Sanders

The city of Harvey will receive $3.5 million from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its Central Area Water and Sewer Improvement Project, according to U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth’s office. The money was secured through a congressionally directed spending request and will be used to implement “long-overdue water infrastructure upgrades to help address chronic flooding and reduce resource costs for breaks and leaks repairs,” according to a news release from the senator’s … Continue Reading

August 30, 2023

Congress Can't Erode Airplane Safety Rules That Save Lives

by Tammy Duckworth
Source: Time

On a foggy night in February 2009, Colgan Air Flight 3407 took off from Newark Airport, heading for nearby Buffalo, New York. Fifty-nine minutes later, the aircraft crashed into a house, killing all 49 passengers and crew on board, along with one person on the ground. Immediately, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board began an investigation into the crash, soon determining it was caused by pilot error due to lack of experience with icing conditions. As a result, Congress acted to … Continue Reading

August 18, 2023

More funding to Support Healthcare in Southern Illinois

by Eric Jamnik
Source: WSIL-TV

U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) announced Friday $3.75 million in federal support she secured through a Fiscal Year 2022 Congressionally Directed Spending Request. The money will be sent by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to Shawnee Health Service and Development Corporation in Carterville. These federal resources will go toward updating medical facilities and equipment to help improve health outcomes and address healthcare gaps in rural communities in southern … Continue Reading

August 14, 2023

US to Boost Trade with Indo-Pacific, Senator Says

by A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil

The United States is seeking to maintain its presence in the Indo-Pacific region by increasing its trade relations, in addition to its military ties, in a seeming move to counter China’s influence in the region, a visiting senator has said. The US has tended to lean more on its military relationship with countries in the region. But economic ties are just as important, including trade with Indonesia, which has been “underperforming” but can be improved, US Senator Tammy Duckworth said on … Continue Reading

August 07, 2023

For second time this year, Duckworth leads congressional trip to Indo-Pacific

by Brenden Moore

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth is leading a congressional trip to the Indo-Pacific region for the second time this year with stops set for Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand.  The follow-up trip comes with the aim of further bolstering military and economic partnerships between the U.S. and several countries in the region.  It can be viewed as a projection of American power as the country enters a greater level of competition with China, as well as an opportunity to promote Illinois … Continue Reading

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