Press Releases

June 10, 2022

Duckworth Highlights Jobs & Supply Chain Benefits of Clean Energy Investments During mHUB Tour

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with officials from Chicago's mHUB and toured the technology and manufacturing innovation center. The visit comes as the mHUB-led 2025 Clean Tech Economic Coalition (CTEC) is competing as the only Illinois finalist in the U.S. Economic Development Administration's Build Back Better Regional Challenge (BBBRC). During the tour, Duckworth discussed her support of their application and her legislative efforts to support clean energy in … Continue Reading


June 09, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin, Bustos Announce Inspector General Investigation into Inmate Deaths, Allegations of Abuses At USP Thomson

[WASHINGTON, D.C.]-U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and lead cosponsor of the First Step Act; and U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17) today announced that the Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General (IG) is investigating allegations concerning a Bureau of Prison (BOP) facility in Thomson, Illinois. Today's announcement follows a letter the lawmakers sent to IG Michael Horowitz last week … Continue Reading


June 08, 2022

Duckworth, Murray Introduce Legislation to Defend Reproductive and Sexual Healthcare

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions, today introduced a resolution opposing the criminalization of the full range of reproductive and sexual healthcare, including abortion, gender-affirming care and contraceptive care. The resolution also disapproves of the criminalization of pregnancy outcomes. "All Americans, regardless of gender, income, race or zip code, deserve to … Continue Reading


June 08, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin Applaud FAA for Investing in Illinois’s Airports and Economy

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced new federal support that will help five Illinois airports improve transit, continue to keep travelers and employees safe and create jobs in their respective regions. These resources from the Federal Aviation Administration's Airport Improvement Program will help each hub conduct needed infrastructure projects. "Illinois's airports are important economic engines for our state and the source of jobs … Continue Reading


June 03, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin Applaud New Federal Support for Community Service Projects in Illinois

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that Illinois will receive federal support from the American Rescue Plan and the FY22 AmeriCorps State and National Grants Competition. The investment will be distributed to ten Illinois-based organizations to help more than 450 AmeriCorps members serve local communities through youth outreach, public health advocacy, sports mentorship, trauma-informed violence prevention and … Continue Reading


June 03, 2022

Leading Delegation to Taiwan and South Korea, Duckworth Works to Expand Illinois’s Economic Partnerships in Asia

[SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) led a Congressional delegation to Taiwan and South Korea this week as part of her continuing efforts to help strengthen economic ties between our people, specifically highlighting how Illinois is uniquely positioned for greater investment and increased exports with international partners as a hub of agriculture, manufacturing and technology. Duckworth, a member of the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and U.S. … Continue Reading


June 03, 2022

Duckworth Applauds Biden Administration For Getting the Renewable Fuel Standard Back on Track with Newly Released Ethanol Blending Mandates

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today released the following statement in response to the Biden Administration's announcement that it will publish the ethanol blending mandates for 2020, 2021 and 2022 at levels that more closely resemble American consumption levels and help farmers and biofuel producers prepare for the future: "At a time when Big Oil refiners are profiting off the backs of hardworking Americans, I am pleased that the Biden Administration is taking … Continue Reading


June 03, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin, Kelly Introduce Wear Orange Resolution for Gun Violence Awareness

[CHICAGO, IL]-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 Robin Kelly (D-IL-2) have introduced a Congressional resolution establishing June 3, 2022, as "National Gun Violence Awareness Day" and designating June as "National Gun Violence Awareness Month." Today, communities across the country will participate in a Gun Violence Prevention Day of Action. "As our nation reels from repeated acts … Continue Reading


June 03, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $15.2 Million In Upward Bound Grants for Educational Institutions

[SPRINGFIELD, IL]-U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the U.S. Department of Education has awarded 46 grants, totaling $15,217,775, to Illinois educational institutions through the Upward Bound program. As one of the eight TRIO programs, Upward Bound aims to provide opportunities for high school students from low-income families and families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree to succeed academically and ultimately graduate from … Continue Reading


June 03, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $6 Million For Runway Improvements at Springfield Airport

[WASHINGTON, D.C.]-U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced $6,020,767 in federal funding awarded to Abraham Lincoln Capitol Airport in Springfield from the U.S. Department of Transportation to support the airport's reconstruction of taxiway lighting and runway updates. "Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport is an important economic engine for our state and Sangamon County, and making sure it has federal support to improve its … Continue Reading


June 03, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $245,000 In EPA Funding to Support Water Quality Monitoring

[SPRINGFIELD, IL]-U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $245,000, through the BEACH Act grant program, to Illinois. The grant funding will support the state in developing and implementing a beach monitoring and notification program that will protect the public by monitoring beaches for bacteria, identifying local pollution sources, and reporting these results to … Continue Reading


June 02, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin Join Brown, Senate Democrats in Introducing Resolution to Recognize June as LGBTQ Pride Month

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and all 47 other Senate Democrats in introducing a Senate resolution recognizing June as LGBTQ Pride Month. The Senators' resolution highlights the contributions LGBTQ individuals have made to American society, notes several major milestones in the fight for equal treatment of LGBTQ Americans and resolves to continue efforts to achieve full equality … Continue Reading


June 02, 2022

Durbin, Duckworth, Chicago Delegation Announce $12 Million In Funding For MWRD

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and members of the Chicago delegation today announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Fiscal Year 22 Work Plan included $12 million in funding for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD). While the funding was awarded to reimburse MWRD for its work on the design and construction of Thornton Composite Reservoir, MWRD plans to use the reimbursed funds … Continue Reading


June 02, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin, Chicago Delegation Announce $12 Million In Funding For MWRD

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), and members of the Chicago delegation today announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Fiscal Year 22 Work Plan included $12 million in funding for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD). While the funding was awarded to reimburse MWRD for its work on the design and construction of Thornton Composite Reservoir, MWRD plans to use the reimbursed funds … Continue Reading


June 02, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin, Chicago Delegation Announce $12 Million In Funding For MWRD

[CHICAGO, IL] -U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), and members of the Chicago delegation today announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Fiscal Year 22 Work Plan included $12 million in funding for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD). While the funding was awarded to reimburse MWRD for its work on the design and construction of Thornton Composite Reservoir, MWRD plans to use the reimbursed funds … Continue Reading


June 02, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin, Bustos Call for Immediate Federal Investigation Into Inmate Deaths, Allegations Of Staff Abuses At USP Thomson

[WASHINGTON, D.C.]-U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and lead cosponsor of the First Step Act and U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17) are calling on the Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General to immediately open an investigation into allegations concerning a Bureau of Prison (BOP) facility in Thomson, Illinois. In a letter to Inspector General Michael Horowitz, the lawmakers cite a … Continue Reading


June 01, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $21.2 Million for Head Start Programs in Illinois

[WASHINGTON D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced a total of $21.2 million in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) grants to support Head Start services for children under the age of five in receiving wrap-around support in early learning and development. The funding, awarded by the HHS Administration for Children and Families, will go to five organizations across Illinois. "Head Start and Early Head Start … Continue Reading


June 01, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $18.9 Million for Healthcare Providers in Illinois

[WASHINGTON D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced $18.9 million in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) grants. The funding will go to 15 providers throughout Illinois to invest in groundbreaking research, improved care, and efforts to reduce tobacco use. "By helping increase biomedical research, we can help deliver real public health results for Illinois families," Duckworth said. "I will keep working with … Continue Reading


June 01, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $500,000 in American Rescue Plan Funds for Metra

[CHICAGO, IL]- Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced $500,000 in American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding awarded to Metra by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) through the Route Planning Restoration Program to help the transit agency continue to respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. "Thanks to the efforts of Democrats, Metra will have more resources to improve services, protect jobs for working Illinoisans and get folks to where they're … Continue Reading


June 01, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $21.2 Million For Head Start Programs in Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C]-U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced a total of $21.2 million in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) grants to support Head Start services for children under the age of five in receiving wrap-around support in early learning and development. The funding, awarded by the HHS Administration for Children and Families, will go to five organizations across Illinois. "Head Start and Early Head Start … Continue Reading

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