Press Releases

June 18, 2018

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $500,000 for Environmental Cleanup in Rockford, IL

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced $500,000 in federal funding today to help clean up sites contaminated with toxic pollutants in Rockford, IL. The revolving loan grant funding is provided by the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Brownfields Program, which provides financial assistance to those working to assess and safely clean up contaminated properties whose expansion, redevelopment or reuse is complicated by hazardous substances … Continue Reading


June 18, 2018

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $200,000 for Environmental Cleanup in the Chicagoland Area

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced $200,000 in federal funding today to help eliminate toxic pollutants from a contaminated site in an economically disadvantaged neighborhood in the Chicago area. The cleanup grant is provided by the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Brownfields Program, which provides financial assistance to those working to assess and safely clean up contaminated properties whose expansion, redevelopment or reuse is … Continue Reading


June 15, 2018

Duckworth, Durbin Introduce Legislation to Provide A Better Deal for American Workers

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - As working families across the country struggle to achieve basic economic security and income inequality reaches its highest level since the Great Depression, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined a number of Senate and House Democrats in introducing legislation to provide a better deal for American workers and strengthen workers' rights to collectively bargain. The Workers' Freedom to Negotiate Act contains much-needed reforms that would make … Continue Reading


June 14, 2018

Duckworth to Host Mobile Office Hours in Danville Next Week

[DANVILLE, IL] - The Office of U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) will host another "Mobile Office Hours" next week at the Danville Public Library, where constituent service representatives will be onsite to assist Illinoisans with receiving the Veterans Affairs, Social Security, Medicare and other federal benefits they may be entitled to. Duckworth has previously hosted Mobile Office Hours in communities throughout the state over the past several months, and her office will continue hosting … Continue Reading


June 14, 2018

Duckworth to Host Mobile Office Hours in Rantoul Next Week

[RANTOUL, IL] - The Office of U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) will host another "Mobile Office Hours" next week at the Rantoul Public Library, where constituent service representatives will be onsite to assist Illinoisans with receiving the Veterans Affairs, Social Security, Medicare and other federal benefits they may be entitled to. Duckworth has previously hosted Mobile Office Hours in communities throughout the state over the past several months, and her office will continue hosting … Continue Reading


June 13, 2018

Duckworth, Durbin, Krishnamoorthi, Quigley Statement on O’Hare Western Access

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Following today's favorable vote by the Illinois Tollway Authority Board approving a Letter of Intent with Canadian Pacific Railway to complete the Elgin-O'Hare Western Access (EOWA) project, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), U.S. Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08) and U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) issued the following statement: "The Elgin-O'Hare Western Access project is vital to our regional, state and national … Continue Reading


June 13, 2018

Duckworth-Murphy Amendment Would Prevent Trump from Withdrawing U.S. Troops from South Korea

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - In light of Donald Trump's comments that he is considering unilaterally withdrawing the nearly 30,000 U.S. troops who are stationed in South Korea, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) introduced an amendment to the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019 that would help prevent the President from making a rash decision about troop reductions on the Korean Peninsula that negatively … Continue Reading


June 12, 2018

Duckworth, Durbin, Feinstein, 30 Senators Sponsor Legislation to End Separation of Immigrant Families

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and 30 of their Senate colleagues in sponsoring legislation to keep immigrant families together by preventing the Department of Homeland Security from taking children from their parents at the border. The Keep Families Together Act was developed in consultation with child welfare experts to ensure the federal government is acting in the best interest of children. The bill is … Continue Reading


June 12, 2018

Duckworth Statement on Donald Trump-Kim Jong Un Summit

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement in response to the agreement signed by Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un in Singapore: "Maximum pressure is wasted when we settle for minimal results. The Trump Administration's announcement that the United States will suspend joint military exercises with South Korea - which the Commander-in-Chief insultingly described as 'very provocative' - without any concrete promises or plans to achieve … Continue Reading


June 12, 2018

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $200,000 for University of Illinois Agricultural Research Projects

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced $200,000 in federal funding today for agricultural research projects at the University of Illinois aimed at helping make crop and livestock production more efficient and sustainable. The funding comes from U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture's Exploratory Research Grants Program, which invests in projects focused on developing innovative solutions to emerging … Continue Reading


June 12, 2018

Duckworth, Hirono, 10 Senators Question if Interior Department is Improperly Withholding Federal Grants from Certain Organizations

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) led a group of 12 Senators in expressing concern that the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) may be improperly withholding federal funding from a number of organizations across the country who are expecting federal grants but have not received them. Considering how many organizations have been negatively impacted by this delay, the Senators wrote to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke questioning whether DOI is … Continue Reading


June 08, 2018

Duckworth Statement on Upcoming Singapore Summit Between Donald Trump & Kim Jong Un

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - In advance of next week's scheduled summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un in Singapore, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement: "Reaching a successful diplomatic solution to the north Korean crisis has long been one of the most difficult and daunting challenges we face as a nation. We know that armed conflict with north Korea would be catastrophic and put the lives of countless civilians and American servicemembers at … Continue Reading


June 07, 2018

Duckworth, Van Hollen Introduce Bill to Modernize Nation’s Aging Water Infrastructure

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) today introduced legislation to bring our water infrastructure into the 21st century by investing in critical research to make our water infrastructure systems safer, more reliable and more efficient. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Plumbing Research Act would re-establish a laboratory within the National Institute of Standards and Technology to promote innovative technologies that … Continue Reading


June 07, 2018

Rush and Duckworth Introduce Blair Holt Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2018

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) introduced the Blair Holt Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2018. This legislation would prohibit unlicensed gun-ownership and transferring or receiving firearms without a valid firearms license, as well as direct the Attorney General to establish and maintain a federal record of sale system. Rush first introduced this legislation in 2007 and subsequently reintroduced it … Continue Reading


June 07, 2018

Durbin, Duckworth, 38 Senators Call On Trump To End Policy Of Separating Children From Their Parents At The Border

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today joined U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Patty Murray (D-WA), and 38 of their Democratic colleagues to call on the Trump administration to stop further traumatizing children and end Trump's inhumane policy of separating innocent boys and girls from families who cross the Southwest border seeking asylum in the United States. Citing the American Academy of Pediatrics, the senators stressed the short- and long-term damage … Continue Reading


June 06, 2018

Duckworth to Host Mobile Office Hours in Waukegan Today

[WAUKEGAN, IL] - The Office of U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) will host another "Mobile Office Hours" today at the Waukegan Public Library, where constituent service representatives will be onsite to assist Illinoisans with receiving the Veterans Affairs, Social Security, Medicare and other federal benefits they may be entitled to. Duckworth has previously hosted Mobile Office Hours in communities throughout the state over the past several months, and her office will continue hosting them … Continue Reading


June 06, 2018

Duckworth to Host Mobile Office Hours in Mount Vernon Tomorrow

[MOUNT VERNON, IL] - The Office of U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) will host another "Mobile Office Hours" tomorrow at the Mount Vernon American Legion Post 141, where constituent service representatives will be onsite to assist Illinoisans with receiving the Veterans Affairs, Social Security, Medicare and other federal benefits they may be entitled to. Duckworth has previously hosted Mobile Office Hours in communities throughout the state over the past several months, and her office will … Continue Reading


June 06, 2018

Duckworth to Host Mobile Office Hours in Harrisburg Tomorrow

[HARRISBURG, IL] - The Office of U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) will host another "Mobile Office Hours" tomorrow at the Harrisburg Public Library, where constituent service representatives will be onsite to assist Illinoisans with receiving the Veterans Affairs, Social Security, Medicare and other federal benefits they may be entitled to. Duckworth has previously hosted Mobile Office Hours in communities throughout the state over the past several months, and her office will continue … Continue Reading


June 05, 2018

Duckworth, Durbin and Illinois Congressional Delegation Help Secure $132 Million Federal Grant for 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Congressman Bobby Rush (IL-01), Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-03) and Congressman Danny Davis (IL-07) today announced $132 million in federal funding to the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency (CREATE) Program for the 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project (CIP). This investment from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) will help separate several freight and passenger … Continue Reading


June 01, 2018

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $210,000 for Strategic Economic Planning in Southwestern Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced $210,000 in federal funding today to help create jobs and encourage economic development throughout Southwestern Illinois. This funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration's (EDA) Planning Program, which assists communities as they develop and implement plans to enhance their local economies. "It's important for local community and business leaders to … Continue Reading

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