March 17, 2021

Duckworth Discusses Legislative Priorities with Southern Illinois Leaders


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] — U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) held an annual meeting today with local leaders from Carbondale and Murphysboro to discuss her legislative priorities and how the Federal Government can support their communities. During the virtual meeting, Duckworth and local officials discussed broadband access, homelessness programs, crisis intervention services and air service from southern Illinois to Chicago. They also spoke about major initiatives in the region including the Southwest Connector Highway Project and Southern Illinois Healthcare’s expansion plans for their birthing units, trauma center and cancer center.

“Our local governments have been hit especially hard during this pandemic – and we are cautiously breathing a sigh of relief as we approach the other side of this crisis,” Duckworth said. “I’m glad I was able to connect with so many Carbondale and Murphysboro officials today to discuss legislation and projects in the region, and I’ll keep working hard to help make sure they have the support they need and deserve.”

Duckworth was joined virtually by Murphysboro Mayor Will Stephens, Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry, Carbondale City Manager Gary Williams, Carbondale Councilperson Carolin Harvey, Carbondale ED Director Steve Mitchell, Southern Illinois University Chancellor Dr. Austin Lane, Southern Illinois University Chief of Staff Matt Baughman, Southern Illinois Healthcare officials Woody Thorne and Clark Gyure as well as Carbondale Chamber members Tena Bennett and Tom Davenport.