Press Releases

March 08, 2018

Duckworth Meets with Rock Island Army Corps of Engineers

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) met with officials from the Rock Island District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, including Colonel Craig Baumgartner, to discuss the crumbling lock-and-dam systems along the Upper Mississippi and Illinois rivers, flood risk management and the ongoing Brandon Road Lock and Dam study. A photo of the meeting is available here. "Colonel Baumgartner and I had a great discussion about the need to create a stronger inland waterway … Continue Reading


March 08, 2018

Duckworth Meets with Peoria Local Initiatives Support Corporation

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) met with leadership from the Peoria Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) to discuss the importance of community development initiatives and programs. The Peoria Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) brings residents and local governments together with for-profit entities to improve the housing and economic disparities in Peoria and throughout Central Illinois. A photo of the meeting is available here. "Every … Continue Reading


March 08, 2018

Duckworth Statement on Trump Administration’s Actions on Steel & Aluminum

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement regarding President Trump signing an executive order imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports: "I have long called on the President to protect hardworking families and level the playing field for American steelworkers and I support the goal of what he is trying to achieve. I also welcome the news that hundreds of steelworkers are going back to work in Granite City after being laid off more … Continue Reading


March 08, 2018

Duckworth-Durbin Bill to Expand the Lincoln National Heritage Area and Grow Economic Opportunity Advances in U.S. Senate

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - The U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Committee passed U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin's (D-IL) bill to honor the legacy of the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, and create economic opportunities for local community members working to preserve the historic site, including associated recreation, tourism and educational projects. The Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area Amendment Act would expand the Lincoln … Continue Reading


March 08, 2018

Duckworth, Portman, Booker & Schatz Introduce Bipartisan Bill Aimed at Reducing Recidivism Rates in Criminal Justice System

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Rob Portman (R-OH), Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) today introduced the Inmate Calling Technical Corrections Act to strengthen the nation's criminal justice system by helping families keep in touch with incarcerated family members, which studies have shown can help reduce recidivism rates and thereby save taxpayer dollars. This targeted legislation would address long-standing concerns regarding predatory inmate calling … Continue Reading


March 07, 2018

Duckworth Statement on U.S. Steel Reopening Facilities at Granite City Works

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Following the announcement that U.S. Steel will reopen facilities in Granite City, Illinois, and bring back 500 employees who were laid off before Christmas in 2015, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement: "This is welcome news for Granite City and the hundreds of steelworkers who are going back to work after being laid off before Christmas two years ago. Although it is a positive step, we have a long way to go to keep manufacturing jobs in … Continue Reading


March 07, 2018

Duckworth Meets with EPA Region 5 Administrator

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) met with recently-appointed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 Administrator Cathy Stepp to discuss public health priorities and opportunities for collaboration. The Region 5 Office in Chicago employs 1,000 public servants who work tirelessly to protect our environment as well as the health and safety of Americans living in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. EPA regional offices enforce federal … Continue Reading


March 07, 2018

Duckworth & Durbin on Release of Congolese Mother Who Was Detained & Separated from 7-Year-Old Daughter

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement after the release of a Congolese woman who was detained and separated from her 7-year-old daughter after they fled to the U.S. seeking asylum four months ago. Duckworth and Durbin wrote to U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen last week urging the Trump Administration to immediately reunite this mother and her child. This morning Durbin spoke with Nielsen, … Continue Reading


March 06, 2018

Duckworth Helps Introduce New Bipartisan Gun Safety Legislation to Strengthen Background Check System

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined U.S. Senators Pat Toomey (R-PA), Chris Coons (D-DE), Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) in introducing new bipartisan gun safety legislation that will improve the background check system and make our communities safer. The NICS Denial Notification Act would require federal authorities to notify state and local law enforcement within 24 hours when individuals who are prohibited from buying firearms attempt to make a purchase … Continue Reading


March 06, 2018

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Over $1.2 Million in Federal Funding for HIV Prevention

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced a total of $1,224,436 in federal funding to help the Illinois Department of Public Health's (IDPH) efforts to halt the spread of HIV infections and allow those diagnosed with the disease to live longer, healthier lives. The funding will be used to help maintain the Department's comprehensive monitoring and prevention system, which tracks new and existing cases of HIV infection across Illinois. "By … Continue Reading


March 06, 2018

Duckworth Statement on Reported Closures of Immigration Offices at U.S. Army Bases

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Following reports that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services shuttered its offices at U.S. Army basic training locations - which help military recruits and servicemembers apply for citizenship - as a result of a new Pentagon policy, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement: "Our military is stronger because of the diversity of those who serve in it. No matter where you were born and what background you come from, if … Continue Reading


March 06, 2018

Duckworth, Durbin Call on Governor Rauner to Protect Illinois Families from Disastrous Impacts of GOP Tax Plan

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL), along with nine of their House colleagues, penned a letter to Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner calling on him to take action to mitigate the impact of the Trump administration's harmful tax plan, which raises federal taxes for hundreds of thousands of Illinois taxpayers. The Senators pressed the Governor to state whether he intends to support the new Federal cap on the State and Local Tax (SALT) deduction as a … Continue Reading


March 05, 2018

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Over $935,000 for Local Workforce Development in Manufacturing in Chicago Heights

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced $938,447 in federal funding to Prairie State College to help create good-paying jobs in manufacturing and support economic growth in Chicago Heights, Illinois. The funding will be used to support local workforce development efforts by providing on-site job training at employer and community organizations across Cook County. The Economic Development Administration (EDA) anticipates that the grant … Continue Reading


March 02, 2018

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Nearly $2.5 Million for Maternal and Child Health Services Across Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced $2,400,990 in federal funding for the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to help make quality health care more accessible for low-income mothers, children and families all across Illinois. This funding is provided through the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Services Block Grant program within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Health Resources and Services … Continue Reading


March 02, 2018

Duckworth Leads Senators in Calling for New Investments in On-Campus Child Care

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and 13 of her fellow Senators wrote to Chairman Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies to request significant new funding for the Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) Program in the final FY2018 Omnibus Appropriations bill currently being negotiated. The CCAMPIS Program makes it easier for college … Continue Reading


March 02, 2018

Duckworth, Murkowski & Udall Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Help Ensure Servicemembers Don’t Go Hungry

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Lisa Murkowksi (R-AK) and Tom Udall (D-NM) introduced bipartisan legislation this week to help prevent troops and military families from going hungry so that no one willing to serve this nation in uniform struggles to feed their families. The Military Hunger Prevention Act fixes a quirk in federal law and eliminates inconsistencies that prevent many low-income servicemembers from accessing federal food assistance programs like the … Continue Reading


March 01, 2018

Duckworth, Durbin, Kelly Announce $350,000 to Kickstart Revitalization of Affordable Housing Communities in Chicago Heights

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced a $350,000 Choice Neighborhoods planning grant to help Chicago Heights revitalize affordable housing facilities and address other community challenges and needs. Today's funding, awarded jointly to Chicago Heights and the Housing Authority of Cook County (HACC), comes through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). "This funding will help grow the economy, create jobs, expand … Continue Reading


March 01, 2018

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

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced $210,000 in federal funding to help the Southern Five Regional Planning District and Development Commission, which compromises the counties of Alexander, Johnson, Massac, Pulaski and Union, create jobs and encourage economic development. This funding is provided by the U.S. Economic Development Administration's (EDA) Planning Program, which assists communities as they develop and implement plans … Continue Reading


March 01, 2018

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Over $535,000 for Infrastructure Improvements in Taylorville, Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced a total of $537,288 in federal funding to support infrastructure improvements to Taylorville's water systems, roads and industrial park. Today's funding comes from the U.S. Economic Development Administration's (EDA) Public Works Program, which invests in physical infrastructure improvements in distressed communities, allowing them the opportunity to attract new industry, diversify their local … Continue Reading


February 27, 2018

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $200,000 to Support Economic Development in Western Illinois’s Rural Communities

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced a $200,000 federal grant to support community cooperative projects throughout Western Illinois. The funding comes through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Office of Rural Development, which provides support to projects that help improve the quality of life and economy in rural communities. "This funding will help provide communities in Western Illinois with the resources they need to … Continue Reading

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