Press Releases

September 09, 2023

At Parkland College, Duckworth Highlights Efforts to Boost Workforce Development and Aviation Training

[CHAMPAIGN, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with Parkland College leaders, including President Pamela Lau, to discuss her work to help create good-paying, local jobs and stronger support systems for students attending Illinois colleges, including Veteran students. Duckworth, a pilot and member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation (CST) as well as Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation Safety, Operations and Innovation, also discussed the … Continue Reading


September 09, 2023

Duckworth Discusses Her Life as a Helicopter Pilot and Senator with Lincoln’s ChalleNGe Academy

[RANTOUL, IL] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today visited Lincoln’s ChalleNGe Academy, a volunteer program through the Illinois Department of Military Affairs that provides youth aged 16-18 with life skills, job training and community, to discuss her leadership and service. Duckworth and the cadets also discussed the Senator’s work to ensure Illinois students are represented in our nation’s prestigious Military Service Academies. Duckworth was joined by Illinois … Continue Reading


September 08, 2023

Duckworth Meets With Air Force Chief of Staff Nominee General David W. Allvin

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - After meeting with nominee to be Air Force Chief of Staff General David W. Allvin, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)—member of the U.S. Armed Services Committee and a former Army Blackhawk pilot who served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years—issued the following statement: “It was a pleasure to meet with General Allvin and discuss his nomination to serve as the next Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, a fitting and well-earned transition after … Continue Reading


September 08, 2023

As School Year Begins, Duckworth Re-Introduces Legislation to Improve School Bus Safety

[CHAMPAIGN, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced the re-introduction of her legislation to help keep our kids safe as they travel to and from school. Duckworth, along with U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) are introducing the School Bus Safety Act today to implement safety recommendations from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to make school buses safer by ensuring there are seat belts at every seat and buses are equipped with safety measures like stability … Continue Reading


September 08, 2023

Following Recent Congressional Delegation Trip to Southeast Asia, Duckworth Highlights Her Efforts to Promote Illinois Innovation Abroad

[CHAMPAIGN, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today visited the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to discuss her recent Congressional Delegation trip to Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines and share more details on her efforts to strengthen economic ties in the region and advocate for Illinois on the international stage, including helping bring critical investments from overseas partners into our state. Duckworth … Continue Reading


September 06, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin, Grassley, Sorensen Press BOP To Investigate Allegations Of Abuse At USP Thomson

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL); U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee; U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee; and U.S. Representative Eric Sorensen (D-IL-17) sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland, Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco and Bureau of Prisons (BOP) Director Colette Peters requesting information about serious allegations of abuse at United States … Continue Reading


September 06, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $3.9 Million To Improve Housing Across Local Communities

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced $3,900,000 through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for Housing Rehabilitation programs, which provide residents with safe and sanitary living conditions and help to stabilize neighborhoods and affordable housing in communities. “Children and families across Illinois can benefit from federal investments … Continue Reading


September 06, 2023

Duckworth Stresses Importance of AUKUS Partnership to Indo-Pacific Regional Security

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - After last month leading a Congressional Delegation trip to Southeast Asia, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today stressed the importance of deepening U.S. security partnerships with Australia and the United Kingdom to help strengthen and support the Indo-Pacific region. In today’s U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on AUKUS—the security pact between the U.S., the United Kingdom and Australia—Duckworth highlighted the need for deeper engagement in the … Continue Reading


September 05, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $750,000 For Drug-Free Communities Program

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced $750,000 in federal funding for Illinois communities through the Office of National Drug Control Policy’s (ONDCP) Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Program. This funding will be used by communities to achieve and sustain a reduction in local youth substance use, tackling issues ranging from tobacco prevention to opioid misuse. “The epidemic of addiction has taken far too many … Continue Reading


August 30, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $6.2 Million To Help Close The Digital Divide In Schools And Libraries

[CHICAGO, IL] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced $6,279,820 for Illinois schools and libraries through the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Emergency Connectivity Fund. “This federal investment will have a significant impact for dozens of schools and libraries across Illinois by helping improve broadband infrastructure,” said Duckworth. “We know that internet access is crucial for helping our kids stay ahead in … Continue Reading


August 30, 2023

Duckworth Announces $3.5 Million in Congressionally Directed Spending to Support Water Improvements in Harvey

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), co-founder of the Senate’s first Environmental Justice Caucus, today announced that $3.5 million she secured through a Fiscal Year 2022 Congressionally Directed Spending Request will be sent by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to the City of Harvey for its Central Area Water and Sewer Improvement Project. This Duckworth-secured federal funding will increase Harvey’s financial capacity to implement long-overdue water … Continue Reading


August 30, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Announce More Than $650,000 To Support EMS Agencies In Rural Communities

[CHICAGO, IL] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced $653,923 in federal funding through Durbin’s Supporting and Improving Rural EMS Needs (SIREN) Act to support EMS agencies in rural communities. The funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which was created through Durbin’s SIREN Act, goes toward supporting EMS agencies in training and recruiting staff, conducting certification … Continue Reading


August 29, 2023

Duckworth Announces More Than $800,000 in Congressionally Directed Spending to Support At-Risk Newborns in Cook County

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced that $863,000 she secured through a Fiscal Year 2023 Congressionally Directed Spending Request will be sent by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to Cook County Health for its Caring for High-Risk Infants project. The funding Duckworth secured will help ensure families with newborns in John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) receive the high-quality care needed through the … Continue Reading


August 29, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Lead Illinois Delegation In Urging President Biden To Grant Federal Disaster Declaration For Central Illinois Following Severe Summer Weather

[SPRINGFIELD, IL] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) led every member of the Illinois Congressional Delegation in sending a letter to President Biden urging the White House to grant Governor J.B. Pritzker’s request for federal assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Small Business Administration (SBA) for Illinois, to help 27 Central Illinois counties recover from storm damage.  From late June to early … Continue Reading


August 25, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin, Sorensen Statement On Permanent Conversion Of Thomson Prison To Low-Security Facility

[CHICAGO, IL] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and U.S. Representative Eric Sorensen (D-IL-17) released the following statement regarding the decision by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to permanently convert United States Penitentiary (USP) Thomson into a low-security prison while ensuring that all current Thomson employees will be retained: “We welcome today’s announcement by BOP Director … Continue Reading


August 23, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $2.1 Million In Federal Grant Funding For Fair Housing Efforts In Chicago-Area

[CHICAGO, IL] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced a total of $2,125,000 in federal funding for Illinois housing non-profits from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  The funding comes from the Fiscal Year (FY23) Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) Second- and Third-Year Private Enforcement Initiative (PEI) grants.  Continuing the funding these organizations secured in FY21 and FY22 FHIP … Continue Reading


August 18, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Lead Letter to EPA Urging The Agency To Protect Communities From Coal Ash

[SPRINGFIELD, IL] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), founder of the Environmental Justice Caucus, and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) led eight of their colleagues in urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to expand the protections in the agency’s newly-proposed rule to safeguard communities and the environment from the dangers of coal combustion residuals (CCR).  In their letter, the Senators express their support for EPA’s move to address the loopholes … Continue Reading


August 15, 2023

Following Their Letter, Duckworth, Durbin, Applaud Biden Administration For Approving Illinois Disaster Declaration Following Severe Summer Storms

[SPRINGFIELD, IL] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) applauded the Biden Administration for approving Governor JB Pritzker’s request for Individual Assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to the State of Illinois, to support Cook County in recovering from severe storms in which localized rainfall totals reached eight inches, resulting in significant power outages and roadway interruptions from June 29 to July 2, … Continue Reading


August 14, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Screening Committee Application Process For Federal District Court In The Northern District of Illinois

[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, announced that they will begin accepting applications from those interested in serving as a Federal District Court Judge in the Northern District of Illinois Eastern Division.  The Senators will be assisted by a screening committee whose task is to review and vet District Court candidates and advise the Senators regarding the candidates’ … Continue Reading


August 09, 2023

Duckworth Statement on Biden’s Executive Order Limiting US Investments in China

[CHICAGO, ILLINOIS] – U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth today issued the following statement after President Biden signed an executive order limiting American investments into China in certain advanced technologies industries: “With this Executive Order, President Biden is taking decisive action to help protect our national security and prevent China from strengthening its military with American dollars. This move, along with the Senate’s bipartisan NDAA I was proud to support, … Continue Reading

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