February 18, 2021

Duckworth Discusses Legislative Priorities and Power of Democracy at Northern Illinois University Fireside Chat


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today joined Northern Illinois University (NIU) College of Arts and Sciences Dean Robert Brinkmann for a virtual fireside chat as part of NIU’s Rebuilding Democracy speaker series. During the event, Duckworth discussed her legislative priorities for the 117th Congress, including helping Illinoisans recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, addressing environmental injustice, supporting working families and helping Veterans, as well as how to help rebuild America’s leadership on a global stage and support democracy around the world.

“I was pleased to join the NIU community today to discuss what we must do to promote a healthy and strong democracy here at home, Duckworth said. “I’ll continue doing all that I can in Washington to keep our communities and our country strong by working to rebuild our state's economy and supporting our working families.”

“We are honored to have Sen. Duckworth join us so early in our Series,” said Brinkmann. “Because of her position as a senator, she brings great insight into the status of our democracy. Through her actions, she shows a commitment to bridge the divisions in our society while advocating for all people. Because of this, and because of her strong commitment to NIU, we wanted to make sure she was part of this inaugural year of the Series.”

Duckworth attended NIU to pursue a Ph.D. in political science and is a graduate of NIU’s ROTC program. NIU’s Rebuilding Democracy Lecture Series is hosted by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to showcase how the liberal arts and sciences is at the center of a healthy democracy.