June 25, 2019

Duckworth Meets with Springfield Leaders & Land of Lincoln Economic Development Corporation


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder and more than a dozen members of the Land of Lincoln Economic Development Corporation to discuss infrastructure priorities in Springfield and Sangamon County in Illinois. Duckworth and members discussed the ongoing Springfield rail improvement project, excavation of the 1908 Race Riot Commemoration Site, and her efforts with Senator Durbin to bring a new flying mission to Springfield’s 183d Wing. Photos from today’s meeting are available here.

“One of the best things we can do for our state and country is invest in our infrastructure and transportation systems,” Duckworth said. “It was great to hear from local leaders in Springfield and Sangamon County yesterday about how we can work together to encourage economic investments in Sangamon County, opening up new economic opportunities for local businesses and working families alike.”

Duckworth and Senator Durbin today proposed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) – which the Senate is currently debating – that would return Springfield’s 183d Wing, a unit of the Illinois Air National Guard, to flying status. Earlier this month, Duckworth toured the 1908 Race Riot excavation site to observe the excavation process of the site she has proposed to be a national monument. The Springfield Race Riot National Monument Act, which Duckworth introduced this February, designates the site a national monument to be managed by the National Park Service.