Press Releases

November 07, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Over $1 Million to Support Naperville’s Clean Energy Transition

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced that the City of Naperville will receive a $1,116,174 award to support the city’s transition to clean energy by updating its power grids. This funding comes from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Grid Resilience and Innovation Partnerships Program (GRIP) and by boosting Naperville’s energy efforts, this investment will also help support union jobs, our state’s decarbonization goals and decrease energy … Continue Reading


November 06, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $10 Million for Shawneetown Regional Port Revitalization Project

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced $10,120,000 for the Shawneetown Regional Port Revitalization Project through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP) to fund the design and construction of a 1.25-mile new port access road to safely accommodate existing and future intermodal truck trips and prepare for future port expansions and operations. “Located on … Continue Reading


November 03, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Join EPA in Announcing $336 Million for Lead Service Line Removal in Chicago

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), author of the historic Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act, and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today joined U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Assistant Administrator for Water Radhika Fox in announcing a $336 million Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan to the City of Chicago to help replace up to 30,000 lead pipes that deliver water to homes across the city. This is a critical … Continue Reading


November 03, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Join Senate Colleagues in Statement Regarding Humanitarian Aid to Civilians in Gaza

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), together with U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Peter Welch (D-VT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Ed Markey (D-MA), Tina Smith (D-MN), Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), released the following statement: “The tragic war in Gaza, initiated by … Continue Reading


November 02, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Meet with Mayor of Chicago

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today met with Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson to examine steps for a humanitarian response to the arrival of more than 19,500 migrants to the city.  During the meeting, Duckworth, Durbin and Mayor Johnson discussed the federal government’s role in offering critical support to Illinois as it receives thousands of new arrivals.  Duckworth and Durbin … Continue Reading


November 02, 2023

Duckworth Announces More Than $400,000 in Congressionally Directed Spending to Boost Workforce Development in Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced that $413,000 she secured through a Fiscal Year 2023 Congressionally Directed Spending Request will be sent by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration to Kaskaskia College in Centralia for its development of a mobile manufacturing and training lab focused on workforce development and career training initiatives. This Duckworth-secured federal funding will increase Kaskaskia College’s efforts … Continue Reading


November 02, 2023

Senate Advances "Minibus" Spending Bills With Illinois Priorities Secured By Duckworth, Durbin

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that the United States Senate passed three funding bills known as a “minibus” for Agriculture, Rural Development and Related Agencies; Military Construction and Veterans Affairs; and Transportation, Housing and Urban Development for Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24). Duckworth and Durbin worked to secure various priorities for Illinois in … Continue Reading


November 01, 2023

Duckworth Discusses Ukraine’s Economic Recovery with Special Representative Penny Pritzker

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)—member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees—spoke with U.S. Special Representative Penny Pritzker about her role and vision to help advance Ukraine’s economic recovery as that nation continues to fight for their freedom and sovereignty against Russia’s unjustified and unprovoked war of choice. During their meeting, Duckworth also reiterated the need for continued American support … Continue Reading


November 01, 2023

Duckworth Joins Schumer, Colleagues in Letter Demanding FTC Investigate Massive Exxon-Pioneer and Chevron-Hess Proposed Mergers for Anticompetitive Harms

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and 21 Senate Democrats today in calling on Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chair Lina Khan, urging FTC to investigate two newly-proposed mergers by the two largest oil companies in the United States. In the letter, the Senators also are urging FTC to oppose the mergers proposed by ExxonMobil and Chevron if any anticompetitive harms are discovered. ExxonMobil’s proposed $60 billion acquisition … Continue Reading


October 31, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin, Murphy Lead Senate Colleagues in Calling For Fuel to Be Allowed Into Gaza for Hospitals and Water Treatment

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) joined 21 of their Senate colleagues in releasing the following statement: “We condemn Hamas’ horrific terrorist attacks against Israel, for which Israel must hold Hamas accountable.  In the course of that endeavor, every effort must be made to protect innocent civilians.  Right now, hospitals in Gaza are hours away from running out of fuel that powers … Continue Reading


October 31, 2023

Duckworth Reiterates Need for Sustained Humanitarian Aid for Innocents and Hostages in Gaza During Red Cross Meeting

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth—member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee—met with leaders of the International Committee of the Red Cross to discuss the organization’s work to respond to the crises in Israel and Gaza caused by Hamas’s terrorist attacks as well as the urgent need to secure a sustained flow of humanitarian aid for the innocent civilians suffering in Gaza. Duckworth, a longtime and steadfast supporter of Israel’s right to … Continue Reading


October 31, 2023

Duckworth Applauds Confirmation of US Ambassador to Israel Amid Ongoing Crisis in Middle East

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)—member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees—issued the following statement after the Senate confirmed the Honorable Jack Lew to serve as the next U.S. Ambassador to Israel: “We must work as hard as we can to bring about a tomorrow for both Israelis and Palestinians alike where their skies won’t be marred with missiles and their streets won’t be scarred with blood. Amid this ongoing … Continue Reading


October 31, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin, Budzinski Announce Appointment of EPA Coordinator for Cahokia Heights Flooding and Sewage Crisis

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] — Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Nikki Budzinski (D-IL-13) announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has appointed a coordinator for Cahokia Heights and the Metro East to support progress on the flooding, sewage and drinking water crisis. In August of 2022, Duckworth and Durbin announced millions of dollars in federal funding through Congressionally Directed Spending and … Continue Reading


October 30, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Join Colleagues in Urging Biden Administration to Require Insurers to Fully Cover Over-the-Counter Birth Control, With No Out-of-Pocket Costs or Prescription Barrier

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, joined U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), along with 42 of their Senate colleagues, in sending a letter urging the Biden Administration to require federally and state-regulated health insurance plans to fully cover over-the-counter contraceptives, including Opill—the … Continue Reading


October 30, 2023

Duckworth, Kelly Highlight Need for More Action to Improve Maternal Health Outcomes at M.O.M.S Tour

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Robin Kelly (D-IL-02) joined U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Administrator Carole Johnson this weekend for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ M.O.M.S (Maternal Outcomes Matter Showers) Tour, highlighting their work on this important issue and the need to do more to address our country’s ongoing maternal mortality crisis. This national tour aims to improve maternal health … Continue Reading


October 30, 2023

Duckworth, FCC Chairwoman Rosenworcel, Lieutenant Governor Stratton: We Must Help Keep Incarcerated Americans Connected with Their Families

[CHICAGO, IL] - Friday, at the Women’s Justice Institute in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) hosted a community roundtable and listening session with Illinois women directly impacted by our nation’s criminal justice system and discussed how her bipartisan Martha Wright-Reed Just and Reasonable Communications Act helps working families keep in touch with incarcerated loved ones, secure phone justice and help reduce recidivism. Duckworth was joined by Federal … Continue Reading


October 30, 2023

With Application Deadline This Week, Duckworth Seeks Additional Student Applications for U.S. Military Service Academies

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - The application period for high school students to request a nomination to a U.S. Military Service Academy for the Class of 2028 from U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) will close in two days, on Wednesday, November 1st. Duckworth’s office has been accepting applications from high school students seeking a Congressional nomination to one of the four Military Service Academies through her website since March. Each year Duckworth, with the assistance of a nomination … Continue Reading


October 28, 2023

Duckworth Statement on Tentative UAW, Stellantis Agreement and Future of Belvidere Assembly Plant

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today released the following statement a regarding the tentative deal reached between United Auto Workers and Stellantis: “Today’s tentative agreement announcement is not only great for Stellantis workers across the country — a historic deal to help to bolster UAW members and their families — but it’s especially impactful for Belvidere. This tentative agreement shows the power of companies and labor coming together to empower workers and … Continue Reading


October 27, 2023

Duckworth Underscores Importance of Rebuilding a Fully-Accessible Ukraine

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - This week, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)—member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees—discussed how our nation can do more to support the people of Ukraine, including the at least 20,000 amputees who lost their limbs and are suffering from psychological trauma as a result of Putin’s unjustified and unprovoked war of choice against Ukraine, and highlighted the need for rebuilding efforts in that nation to focus on … Continue Reading


October 27, 2023

Duckworth Hosts Community Roundtable with Chicagoland Latine Leaders

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) hosted a roundtable discussion on how to better support migrant families and asylum seekers as well as several other priorities with several Latine community leaders, City of Chicago Deputy Mayor for Immigration and Refugee Rights Beatriz Ponce De Leon, Immigrant and Refugee Rights Committee Chair and 40th Ward Alderman Andre Vazquez and Illinois Department of Human Services Associate Secretary Kirstin Chernawsky. The leaders who participated … Continue Reading

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