Press Releases

November 17, 2021

Duckworth Discusses Benefits of Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal for Chicagoland Airports and Residents with Chicago Department of Aviation Commissioner Jamie Rhee

[WASHGINTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with Chicago Department of Aviation Commissioner Jamie Rhee to discuss how the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal that President Biden signed into law earlier this week will help improve the customer experience at Chicago's airports. The historic law will help Chicago's airports improve runways, gates and taxiways, as well as make improvements to terminals, multimodal connections and air traffic control. Senator Duckworth's TIFIA … Continue Reading


November 17, 2021

Duckworth, Panetta to Leadership: Address Military Hunger in National Defense Authorization Act

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), who served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years and is a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), led 12 of her colleagues in sending a letter to the Chairs and Ranking Members of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and the U.S. House Armed Services Committee (HASC) urging them to include a House-approved provision authored by Duckworth and Panetta that tackles the issue of military hunger … Continue Reading


November 16, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin, Bustos Announce Over $16 Million to Modernize and Improve Downtown Rockford

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17) today announced the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will receive a $16,384,905 federal grant for the Rockford Complete Streets Revitalization Project. Today's investment will help fund the reconstruction of Chestnut and Walnut streets in downtown Rockford as part of the city's efforts to modernize and improve downtown roadway infrastructure that currently … Continue Reading


November 16, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $13.5 Million For Springfield Rail Improvement Project

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the City of Springfield has been awarded $13.5 million in federal funding for the Springfield Rail Improvement Project, which will alleviate rail congestion and improve safety. Today's investment, awarded through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) RAISE grant program, will support new underpasses at Madison and Jefferson Streets along the new Transportation Center. The project will … Continue Reading


November 16, 2021

Duckworth’s Bipartisan Protecting Moms Who Served Act Passes House, Heads to President’s Biden Desk

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Susan Collins (R-ME) and U.S. Representative Lauren Underwood (D-IL-14) that would help address the maternal mortality crisis among women Veterans passed the U.S. House of Representatives today by a vote of 414-9 and is now headed to President Biden's desk to be signed into law. The Protecting Moms Who Served Act would commission the first-ever comprehensive study on the scope of America's … Continue Reading


November 16, 2021

Duckworth, Speier Urge Leadership of HASC and SASC Committees To Include Parental Leave and Military Child Care In FY2022 NDAA

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - As Congress looks to finalize the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA-14), Co-Chair of the Democratic Women's Caucus, yesterday led their colleagues in sending two bipartisan, bicameral letters to the Chairs and Ranking Members of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and the U.S. House Armed Services Committee (HASC) urging them to … Continue Reading


November 16, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Nearly $12 Million to Help Make Dixon More Accessible For All

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced the City of Dixon will receive a $11,911,769 federal grant for the city's Project ROCK (Revitalizing Opportunities for the Community and Kids!), which will help fund the construction of approximately 2.8 miles of ADA-compliant multi-use path, the construction of a pedestrian bridge over the Rock River using abandoned Illinois Central Railroad piers as well as the resurfacing of nearly a mile of … Continue Reading


November 15, 2021

Duckworth’s Transportation Provisions Become Law as President Signs Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal

[WASHINGTON, DC] - After joining President Biden as he signed the historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal into law at the White House this afternoon, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) highlighted how several of its provisions that she led will help improve the lives of working Americans by reducing traffic congestion, encouraging the creation of good-paying local jobs across the nation, protecting roadside responders and improving transit accessibility, among many other benefits for … Continue Reading


November 15, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Statement on Nomination Of LaDon Reynolds To Serve As U.S. Marshal For The Northern District Of Illinois

[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 released the following statement on President Biden nominating LaDon Reynolds to serve as U.S. Marshal for the Northern District of Illinois: "We applaud President Biden for nominating a seasoned law enforcement veteran in LaDon Reynolds to serve in this important role. Since 1994, Chief Reynolds has held several high-ranking positions for … Continue Reading


November 11, 2021

On Veterans Day, Duckworth Honored with Pritzker Military Museum and Library’s Founder’s Award

[CHICAGO, IL] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee who served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years, was awarded the Pritzker Military Museum and Library's Founder's Award in recognition of her service as an Iraq War Veteran, Purple Heart recipient and an advocate for Veterans and working families. In accepting the award, Duckworth emphasized the courage of our American heroes and every American's duty to recognize their … Continue Reading


November 11, 2021

Duckworth Delivers Keynote Address at Lake County Veterans Memorial Plaza Dedication

[WAUKEGAN, IL] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee who served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years, celebrated Veterans Day with a keynote address at the dedication of the new Lake County Veterans Memorial Plaza in Waukegan. During her remarks, Duckworth highlighted the importance of advocating for and honoring Veterans not just on a single day, but every other day as well, including by helping ensure they have access to … Continue Reading


November 11, 2021

In DuPage County, Duckworth Celebrates Veterans Day with Habitat for Humanity

[WINFIELD, IL] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee who served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years, celebrated Veterans Day today by visiting a DuPage County Habitat for Humanity Build Site that will provide a fellow Illinoisan and Army Veteran, as well as their family, with an affordable home to call their own. During the event, Duckworth also underscored the need for affordable housing nationwide to help ensure our … Continue Reading


November 09, 2021

Duckworth Statement on the Passing of Former VA Secretary & Friend Max Cleland

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a combat Veteran and former Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), issued the following statement after the passing of former VA Secretary, U.S. Senator of Georgia and her friend, Max Cleland: "Max Cleland was a dear friend, dedicated public servant and fierce advocate for our Veterans who never left any stone unturned to ensure those who served were cared for, including creating Vet Centers to help provide … Continue Reading


November 06, 2021

With Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal Set to Become Law, Duckworth & Durbin Highlight Bill’s Benefits for Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that Illinois will receive more than $17 billion in dedicated funding to improve our roads, bridges, highways, public transit, airports and more throughout the state to allow for more good-paying jobs, better accessibility and investments in our local communities across the state. These improvements will be made possible once the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is … Continue Reading


November 04, 2021

Duckworth Joins Ernst, Feinstein and All Female Senators in Bipartisan Letter to President Biden: Protect Afghan Women and Girls

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) who served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years, joined U.S. Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and their 21 female Senate colleagues in a bipartisan letter to President Joe Biden calling on him to protect the rights of Afghan women and girls following the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan. "In the wake of the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan, we … Continue Reading


November 04, 2021

Duckworth Joins Padilla, 15 Senate Colleagues in Calling to Permanently Re-Establish DOT Advisory Committee on Transportation Equity

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-CA) and 15 of their Senate colleagues in urging the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to permanently re-establish the Advisory Committee on Transportation Equity. The Advisory Committee was created under the Obama Administration to convene stakeholders in order to provide independent advice and recommendations about comprehensive, interdisciplinary issues related to transportation equity. This … Continue Reading


November 04, 2021

Duckworth Effort to Create Nonpartisan, Independent Afghanistan War Commission Gains Bipartisan Support in the Senate

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) who served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years and is Chair of the SASC Airland Subcommittee, today announced that U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-IN) will cosponsor her Afghanistan War Commission Act as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Duckworth's now-bipartisan legislation would establish a nonpartisan, independent commission to examine every aspect of the … Continue Reading


November 03, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Introduce Bill To Designate New Philadelphia, Illinois A National Historical Park

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) this week introduced legislation that would designate the original town of New Philadelphia, Illinois, as a National Historical Park. New Philadelphia, now incorporated into Barry, Illinois, in Pike County, was the first town platted and legally registered by an African American, Frank McWorter. "Honoring the legacy of New Philadelphia and celebrating the history of Black Americans is … Continue Reading


November 03, 2021

Duckworth Joins Ossoff and Colleagues in Introducing Bill to Make Energy Efficient Technology More Affordable for Working Families, Lower Energy Bills

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined U.S. Senator Jon Ossoff (D-GA) and 12 of their colleagues to introduce the Clean Energy for All Homes Act to help make it more affordable for working families to install energy efficient home technology and save money on their energy bills. The bill would help middle-class and lower-income families afford solar roof and other renewable energy technology installations by reducing the cost burden of installing these … Continue Reading


November 01, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Statement On Appointment Of Erika Rae Allen To Serve On Farm Service Agency State Committee In Illinois

[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 Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee today released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it would appoint Erika Rae Allen, of Chicago, Illinois, to serve on the Farm Service Agency (FSA) state committee in Illinois. The FSA state committee is comprised of up to five individuals with backgrounds in agriculture … Continue Reading

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