Press Releases

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


August 07, 2023

Duckworth to Visit Thailand, Indonesia & the Philippines to Continue Work Strengthening Ties Throughout Southeast Asia

[CHICAGO, IL] - Over the weekend, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)—member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee and U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee—departed for a Congressional Delegation to the Indo-Pacific region that she arranged in her continuing efforts to strengthen ties and reinforce support between Southeast Asia and the United States. Building on her successful trip to the region earlier this year, Duckworth will be visiting Thailand, Indonesia and … Continue Reading


August 07, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Lead Illinois Delegation in Urging President Biden to Grant Federal Disaster Declaration for Illinois Following Severe Weather in Cook County

[QUINCY, IL] – U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and  U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today 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 Cook County recover from storm damage.  From late June to early … Continue Reading


August 04, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin, Quigley Announce Amtrak's Federal Grant Application For Chicago Hub Improvement Project To Modernize Union Station

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (D-IL-5) today announced Amtrak’s $873 million federal grant application, with $218 million in matching funds from project sponsors, for the Chicago Hub Improvement Project (CHIP) to modernize Chicago Union Station.  The application was submitted to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal-State Partnerships for Intercity Passenger Rail grant program, … Continue Reading


August 02, 2023

Duckworth Joins Kaine & Colleagues on Bicameral Call for Funding to Prevent Child Care Fiscal Cliff

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Tina Smith (D-MN), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and a bicameral group of colleagues this week in calling on President Joe Biden to support needed funding to prevent a national wave of child care closures. Their letter underscored that while Congress secured historic funding in the American Rescue Plan to stabilize child care during the COVID-19 pandemic, that relief funding is set to end this September. … Continue Reading


August 02, 2023

Duckworth, Wyden Introduce Bill to Increase Support for U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced new legislation to help make sure the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps has the funding it needs to ensure a highly-trained, always-ready, fully-deployable national public health service. The U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Operations and Readiness Act would authorize dedicated annual funding to the USPHS Commissioned Corps, which is currently the only … Continue Reading


August 02, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $14.7 Million in Federal Grant Funding for Illinois EPA

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced a total of $14,772,472 in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grants for Illinois EPA (IEPA). The funding, split across two separate grants, will support IEPA’s mission to provide a clean, livable environment and clean air and water sources for Illinoisans.  “When we protect and clean up Illinois’s air and water, we are protecting the health and safety of our … Continue Reading


August 01, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin, Davis and Jackson Announce Funding to Help Strengthen and Improve Englewood’s Economy

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and author of the All Stations Accessibility Program (ASAP) Act, Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representatives Danny K. Davis (D-IL-07) and Jonathan L. Jackson (D-IL-01) today announced $778,500 in federal funding for the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) to develop a modern accessibility strategy in advance of a potential reopening of the Englewood Racine Green Line stop on Chicago’s south side. The Racine El station has been closed … Continue Reading


August 01, 2023

Duckworth Discusses Trade and U.S.-Japan Relations with Osaka Mayor

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with Osaka Mayor Hideyuku Yokoyama and other City of Osaka officials to discuss the importance of trade and economic investment between Japan and the United States. Since 1973, Osaka has been a sister city with Chicago, promoting cultural trade, education and tourism. As a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Duckworth has been committed to positioning Illinois as a global leader and has led multiple Congressional … Continue Reading


August 01, 2023

Duckworth: Preserving Roberts Temple Church in Christ Shines a Light on Emmett and Mamie Till-Mobley’s Legacies

[CHICAGO, IL] – Just one week after President Biden designated the Roberts Temple Church of God in Christ as a national monument on what would’ve been Emmett Till’s 82nd birthday, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today joined U.S Secretary of the Interior Deb Halaand in unveiling new temporary signage at the church for the new Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley National Monument site. With its new designation as a national monument, the church will be managed by … Continue Reading

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