Press Releases

October 13, 2022

Duckworth, Van Hollen Meet Ukrainian Soldier Receiving Treatment at Medical Center Orthotics and Prosthetics in Silver Spring

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) met this week with Ukrainian Soldier Oleksandr Chaika, who is receiving care at Medical Center Orthotics and Prosthetics (MCOP) in Silver Spring, Maryland. Duckworth and Van Hollen toured MCOP, met with Oleksandr and highlighted the continued need for U.S. support for the people of Ukraine. Photos from the meeting are available here. Oleksandr, a Ukrainian athlete, choreographer, … Continue Reading


October 12, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $2.25 Billion in Federal Formula Funding for Illinois Infrastructure

[SPRINGFIELD, IL] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced a total of $2,250,129,111 in federal formula funding awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration for Fiscal Year 2023. This funding is part of the more than $17 billion in federal formula funds that Illinois will receive from the significant increase in federal infrastructure funding provided by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. "From dropping kids … Continue Reading


October 07, 2022

Duckworth: Alton Deserves an Updated, Accessible Downtown

[ALTON, IL] - This week, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) met with social impact-focused redevelopment organization AltonWork's leadership and Alton Mayor David Goins and shared her support for revitalizing Historic Downtown Alton. During the meeting, Duckworth highlighted her successful effort in securing $500,000 for the City of Alton to upgrade surface transportation options, as well as emphasized how the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law can help communities such as Alton reimagine and … Continue Reading


October 07, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Nearly $6 Million in Grants for Chicago Public Schools

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that Chicago Public Schools received $5,893,904 in Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) grants to support school curriculum and promote equity efforts. The MSAP grant money, awarded by the U.S Department of Education, will assist Chicago magnet schools in implementing innovative instructional approaches that will support students from a wide-range of social, economic, ethnic … Continue Reading


October 06, 2022

Duckworth in Metro East: CHIPS Act Will Support Jobs, Working Families and Global Competitiveness

[EAST ALTON, IL] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) toured metal manufacturer Wieland's Metro East facility, met with its leaders and Metro East officials and discussed how the historic CHIPS and Science Act that she voted for is supporting local manufacturing, growing our economy and strengthening our nation's science and manufacturing competitiveness with China. Duckworth also emphasized the importance of good-paying union jobs, workforce development and the facility's … Continue Reading


October 05, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin Urge Department of Education to Strengthen Regulations Against Informal Removal of Students from Class as a Form of Discipline

[SPRINGFIELD, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today sent a letter to the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights calling for "informal removal" to be included in the final rulemaking for Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. As the Senators reiterate in their letter, including informal removal in Section 504 regulations would protect students, particularly those with disabilities, from the discriminatory use of … Continue Reading


October 04, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin Join Menendez, Velázquez In Bicameral Effort Urging The Biden Administration To Extend Federal Cost Share Waiver And Unlock Federal Resources For Puerto Rico

[WASHINGTON, D.C.]-U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez (D-NY-07) in a bicameral effort urging the Biden Administration to direct more resources from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to all municipalities in Puerto Rico that need assistance following the devastation caused by Hurricane Fiona. Specifically, the lawmakers asked President Biden to grant … Continue Reading


October 04, 2022

Duckworth Touts Support for Humboldt Park’s Kedzie Recovery Home

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today visited the Gateway Foundation's Kedzie Recovery Home (KRH) in Chicago's Humboldt Park neighborhood and held a roundtable with the Foundation's leadership to emphasize her support for their work in helping Chicagoans lead healthy, fulfilling lives during recovery. Duckworth and the group also discussed the importance of the Home's work in the face of the nation's opioid crisis, as well as the Senator's successful efforts in securing … Continue Reading


September 30, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin Announce More Than $31 Million for Health Care Research in Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced $31,055,926 in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) medical research grants for Illinois institutions. The funding will be put toward research programs across the state to support medical advancement in various fields, ranging from cancer prevention to vision research. "Illinois has an outstanding slate of state and … Continue Reading


September 30, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin Announce More Than $58 Million for Variety of Illinois Health Care Programs and Initiatives

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced $58,988,919 for a variety of health care programs, initiatives and community projects across the state. "Across the state, Illinoisans have access to incredible institutions and programs that are devoted to helping folks avoid, treat and research a wide variety of conditions and illnesses," Duckworth said. "I'm proud to announce this support with Senator Durbin to ensure … Continue Reading


September 30, 2022

Duckworth, Cardin Introduce Bill to Increase Fairness and Equity in Federal Contracting

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship Chairman Ben Cardin (D-MD) introduced the Federal Contracting Fairness Act, which would increase fairness and equity in federal contracting. This legislation would reform the federal contracting programs operated by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to help small businesses owned by socially and disadvantaged individuals, including minorities, women and Veterans, … Continue Reading


September 29, 2022

Duckworth, Sarbanes Introduce Bicameral Legislation to Help Make Websites and Software Applications Accessible for Americans with Disabilities

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Representative John Sarbanes (D-MD-03) introduced legislation to help break down the significant barriers that Americans with disabilities continue to face when accessing website and software applications, which all Americans rely on for employment, commerce, education, public services and all other aspects of society. The Websites and Software Applications Accessibility Act would build on the promise of the Americans with … Continue Reading


September 29, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $2.5 Million For Chicago Public Schools and DePaul University to Address Teacher Shortages

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the U.S. Department of Education has awarded a total of $2,504,602 to Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and DePaul University through the Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) program. This program uses innovative ways to recruit, prepare, and retain more educators, especially teachers of color. "Teachers are remarkable public servants, and their actions can have far-reaching … Continue Reading


September 29, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin Announce More Than $15 Million In DOJ Awards to Support Illinois Violence Prevention

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today announced a total of $15,009,020 in Department of Justice (DOJ) awards for violence prevention efforts across Illinois communities. "Too often, we see Illinoisans struggle with violence in their communities and at home," Duckworth said. "All families deserve to feel safe-and trauma-informed, community-based and equity-centered treatments and services can help. I'm … Continue Reading


September 29, 2022

Duckworth Meets with Coalition to Stop the Canadian Pacific–Kansas City Southern Merger

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with the Coalition to Stop the Canadian Pacific-Kansas City Southern Merger to discuss their concerns with the proposed railroad merger's potential impact on Chicagoland passenger and freight train service. Duckworth and the group also spoke about how she can help elevate their voices from the federal level, help prevent disruptive and unsafe consequences of the proposed merger and how they all can work together to prioritize … Continue Reading


September 29, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin Join Colleagues to Help Introduce International Children with Disabilities Protection Act

[WASHINGTON, D.C.]-U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-NJ), U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) and eight of their Senate colleagues to help introduce the International Children with Disabilities Protection Act to bolster U.S. support for children with disabilities, helping improve the capacity of local disabilities rights organizations and families of children with disabilities … Continue Reading


September 28, 2022

Duckworth, Murray, Blumenthal, Hirono, Escobar Rally with Servicemembers and Veterans to Defend Their Access to Reproductive Care as Republicans Continue Attacks

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - As Republicans continue to push forward their proposal to ban abortion nationwide and attack the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs' historic action to provide abortion care for Veterans in certain circumstances, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)-along with U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) as well as U.S. Representative Veronica Escobar … Continue Reading


September 28, 2022

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

[SPRINGFIELD, IL] - The application period for high school students to request a nomination to a U.S. Military Service Academy for the Class of 2027 from U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) will close just over one month from today, on Tuesday, 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 … Continue Reading


September 23, 2022

In Pilsen, Duckworth, SBA Administrator Guzman, Representative García Emphasize Importance of Supporting Small Businesses

[CHICAGO, IL] - In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month and in support of Illinois's Latino business community, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship, visited the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood and held a roundtable with small business owners to emphasize her commitment to supporting entrepreneurs. Duckworth, along with U.S. Small Business Administrator Isabella Guzman and U.S. … Continue Reading


September 23, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin Announce More Than $37 Million to Combat Opioid Crisis in Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded the Illinois State Department of Human Services a total of $37,195,746 in federal funding through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) State Opioid Response (SOR) and Tribal Opioid Response (TOR) grant programs and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) … Continue Reading

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