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March 02, 2022

Duckworth says Biden’s State of the Union address was unifying on Ukraine, understanding on pocketbook issues

by Eric Stock
Source: WGLT

President Joe Biden delivered his first State of the Union address Tuesday during a time of global unrest, ongoing frustration over rising costs at home and a pandemic that hasn't gone away. U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth said the president delivered a message of unity against Russia and a message of understanding the challenges people in middle America are facing. Appearing on WGLT's Sound Ideas, Duckworth said she was pleased Biden reasserted U.S. support for the "heroic" people of Ukraine as … Continue Reading

February 24, 2022

Sen. Duckworth responds to Russia invading Ukraine

Source: WAND

(WAND) - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) has released a statement after Russia invaded Ukraine. Sen. Duckworth is a combat veteran and member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee. She spent 23 years in the Reserve Forces. "The human suffering caused-and any blood spilled-as a result of this unjustified and unjustifiable attack on Ukraine's sovereign territory are solely on Vladimir Putin's hands," Sen. Duckworth said. "Our nation, our NATO allies and all countries who value … Continue Reading

February 22, 2022

The Safe Crib Act is Trying to Put an End to Crib Bumpers Once and For All

by Anna Halkidis

When she was about 16 weeks pregnant, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth started planning for her firstborn with joy. After struggling for years with infertility and failed cycles of in vitro fertilization (IVF), she felt anxious, but ready to get the baby's nursery ready. With that came tons of time researching safe sleep for infants. "Then I have a baby shower," she recalls. "I get these beautiful bedding sets as part of my baby shower and inside the bedding sets are crib bumpers. And I remember … Continue Reading

February 20, 2022

Political heavyweights come to Waukegan to tout how President Biden’s infrastructure plan will benefit harbor; ‘This will advance the entire community’

by Steve Sadin

Eradicating more than a century of contamination of Waukegan Harbor's water is a 30-year project so far, and the local share of $1 billion from President Joe Biden's bipartisan infrastructure plan for Great Lakes restoration will pay for the rest. A presidential adviser, a United States senator and four members of the U.S. House of Representatives explained how the restoration funding will help northeastern Lake County, as well as others living along the Great Lakes, Friday at City Hall … Continue Reading

February 13, 2022

Duckworth talks Ukraine, Supreme Court in Springfield interview

by Brenden Moore

SPRINGFIELD - U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth reiterated her support for imposing "very strong sanctions" against Russia should it invade Ukraine, but acknowledged that any diplomatic or economic pressure may not be enough to dissuade Russian President Vladimir Putin from such an action. "I obviously want diplomacy to work," Duckworth said. "And I think that we have applied every tool in our arsenal diplomatically. At this point, it has always been whether they truly want a diplomatic solution or … Continue Reading

February 12, 2022

Pete Buttigieg joins Illinois leaders in Normal stop

by Staff report

Students in Heartland Community College's training program are at the "forefront of the electric vehicle revolution," U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said Saturday. Buttigieg appeared at the college in Normal along with Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker and U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth. The visit was meant to highlight work that the transportation department is doing to make electric vehicles accessible to more Americans. Heartland's electric vehicle and energy storage … Continue Reading

February 10, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin and Bustos push for completion of Quad-Cities passenger rail

by Sarah Hayden

Illinois Democratic Senators Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin have joined with U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Moline, in urging the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Iowa Interstate Railroad (IAIS) to finalize an agreement on the scope and costs of infrastructure upgrades needed so that construction can begin on the long awaited Quad Cities to Chicago passenger rail route. In order for passenger rail to be possible, an agreement would be needed between IDOT and IAIS that allows Amtrak … Continue Reading

February 09, 2022

Sen. Duckworth, Durbin request reinstatement of COVID-19 emergency paid sick and family leave

by Marsha Heller
Source: KFVS

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KFVS) - Both U.S. Illinois Senators have signed a letter requesting the Biden Administration and House and Senate leaders to reinstate and expand emergency COVID-19 paid sick and family caregiving leave. The request comes after the recent spike in COVID-19 cases blamed on the highly contagious omicron variant. Senators Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin joined 13 other Democrat Senators in sending the letter. The Senators want the reinstatement of the benefits in the FY22 … Continue Reading

February 02, 2022

Metra train yard to move from Crystal Lake to Woodstock

by Carlos Peterson

The Crystal Lake train yard is on track move to Woodstock following the bipartisan infrastructure deal signed by President Biden in November, a project highlighted by U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth in a visit to McHenry County Friday. The project is in the concept design phase and could take several years to come to fruition, Metra spokeswoman Meg Thomas-Reile said in the email. The legislation provides $8 to 10 million for engineering and design for the new full-service rail yards in Woodstock, … Continue Reading

January 29, 2022

Duckworth, Underwood’s ‘Demand Act’ Aims To Help Nursing Mothers After Natural Disasters

by CBS 2 Chicago Staff
Source: WBBM

CHICAGO (CBS) - Taking care of infants during natural disasters like floods and tornadoes is a struggle for parents, but a bill heading to Capitol Hill is geared to help. A key element of The Demand Act would make sure nursing mothers can keep breastfeeding their babies. U.S. Congressman Lauren Underwood and U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth say it will address current gaps in emergency assistance. The Demand Act would direct FEMA to develop clear guidance for how to support parents and babies … Continue Reading

January 29, 2022

Proposed bill seeks to offer breastfeeding resources after disasters

by Candice Norwood
Source: The 19th

The bill seeks to 'streamline and standardize the process for those seeking breastfeeding equipment,' Rep. Lauren Underwood said. Rep. Lauren Underwood and Sen. Tammy Duckworth announced plans on Saturday to introduce legislation that would direct the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide lactating people with more financial support following disasters. The Delivering Essentials to Mothers Amid Natural Disasters Act, or DEMAND Act, calls for FEMA to make breast pumps … Continue Reading

January 20, 2022

After January 6 attack, bill aims to help families of police officers who die by suicide

by Clare Foran
Source: CNN

January 13, 2022

The VA's new mission: improve health of pregnant military veterans

by Ali Vitali and Julie Tsirkin
Source: NBC News

WASHINGTON - After 20 years and nine deployments in the U.S. Army, Vivian Richards knows the importance of readiness. "Readiness is the biggest concern of any leader in the military," Richards told NBC News. "Do we have the personnel trained to the necessary level to go out and execute these combat missions?" In 2010, she took on a new mission: motherhood. But when it came time to deliver her baby while on active duty, the military health care system seemed anything but ready, Richards … Continue Reading

January 12, 2022

Sen. Duckworth to introduce bill that recognizes suicide as 'line of duty death'

by Danny Valle
Source: WSIL

(WSIL)-- Families of officers who died by suicide could soon get assistance in claiming federal benefits. The Public Safety Office Support Act would amend requirements for the Public Safety Officers' Benefits (PSOB) program. Currently, PSOB provides financial support to families of fallen first responders who died in the line of duty or are permanently disabled due to a physical injury sustained at work. The act would recognize suicides as 'line of duty' deaths according to U.S. Sen. Tammy … Continue Reading

December 22, 2021

Durbin, Duckworth, democrats call on Amazon to review safety procedures after Edwardsville warehouse collapses

by Kenzie Dillow
Source: WSIL

(WSIL) -- U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), along with several other democrats sent a letter to Amazon urging the company to revisit its safety standards, emergency action plans, and employee training to protect employees during severe weather events. The request comes after an EF-3 tornado struck an Amazon warehouse in Edwardsville, Illinois, resulting in devastating destruction and the death of six people inside the building. In their … Continue Reading

December 21, 2021

Sen. Duckworth on legislation to improve airline handling of mobility, medical devices

by Judy Woodruff
Source: PBS

Disabled travelers in the United States often face embarrassing security pat downs, damaged or even lost mobility devices. In July, there were 834 reported incidents of damaged wheelchairs or scooters- an average of 28 a day. For more about the challenges and needed response, Judy Woodruff talks to an Illinois Democrat, Sen. Tammy Duckworth, who introduced legislation to hold airlines accountable. Judy Woodruff: These are just some of hundreds of stories that are almost exactly like what … Continue Reading

December 02, 2021

Sen. Tammy Duckworth Calls Going Back to Work After Having a Miscarriage 'Inhumane'

by Georgia Slater
Source: People

December 02, 2021

Infrastructure law accelerates Chicago’s push to make CTA stations accessible

by Bill Ruthhart

More than 31 years after Congress passed the Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 of Chicago's "L" stations still lack the elevators and other upgrades they need to be fully accessible. Those aging stations could get upgraded sooner than expected, thanks to a provision pushed by U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth that was included in the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill recently signed into law by President Joe Biden. The legislation sets aside $1.75 billion in grants for transit agencies … Continue Reading

November 30, 2021

President Biden signs veterans’ maternal health bill sponsored by Rep. Underwood, Sen. Duckworth

by Lynn Sweet

WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden on Tuesday signed a bill requiring the Department of Veterans Affairs to improve maternal health for vets, legislation Illinois Democrats Sen. Tammy Duckworth and Rep. Lauren Underwood championed, earning enough GOP support that it was waved through the House and Senate. "It's an important step in making sure we meet the needs of American mothers who have served," Biden said at a bill-signing ceremony Duckworth and Underwood attended. Getting a stand-alone … Continue Reading

November 26, 2021

Will infrastructure money finally solve Cahokia Heights’ flooding and sewage problems?

by Kelsey Landis

A metro-east community beleaguered for more than 40 years by flooding and sewage has struggled to secure money to fix millions of dollars in problems. But elected officials say the new federal infrastructure deal should pay for repairs. Nonstop sewage and flooding issues caused by decades of neglect have affected residents of Cahokia Heights, the city formed by the merger of Alorton, Centreville and Cahokia. Cahokia Heights plans to use $2.8 million in COVID-19 relief money for repairs, but … Continue Reading

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