Press Releases

October 02, 2017

New Duckworth-Schneider STRANDED Act Would Help Communities with Stranded Nuclear Waste

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Brad Schneider (IL-10) introduced the Sensible, Timely Relief for America's Nuclear Districts' Economic Development (STRANDED) Act today to help communities struggling with the impacts of stranded nuclear waste. Their bicameral legislation would create grants to incentivize economic development and provide federal assistance to offset the economic impacts of stranded nuclear waste for the dozens of communities … Continue Reading


October 01, 2017

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Over $19 Million to Improve O’Hare and Midway Airports

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced a total of $19,723,914 in U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) grant funding to help improve O'Hare and Midway Airports. Today's funding comes from the Department of Transportation's Airport Improvement Program, which provides grants to public agencies, private owners and entities for the planning and development of public-use airports that are included in the National Plan of Integrated … Continue Reading


October 01, 2017

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Over $1 Million to Improve the Veterans Airport of Southern Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced a total of $1,287,462 in U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) grant funding to help improve the Veterans Airport of Southern Illinois. Today's funding comes from the Department of Transportation's Airport Improvement Program, which provides grants to public agencies, private owners and entities for the planning and development of public-use airports that are included in the National Plan of … Continue Reading


September 30, 2017

Duckworth, Schneider Announce Federal Legislation to Help Communities with Stranded Nuclear Waste

[ZION, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Brad Schneider (IL-10) today joined Zion Mayor Al Hill to announce the Sensible, Timely Relief for America's Nuclear Districts' Economic Development (STRANDED) Act. This new legislation aims to address the impacts of stranded nuclear waste by incentivizing economic development and providing federal assistance for communities like Zion. The Zion Nuclear Power Station that is located on valuable lakefront property has … Continue Reading


September 29, 2017

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Over $4 Million to Help Domestic Violence Victims, Reduce Recidivism and Improve Law Enforcement Training

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced $4,130,886 in federal funding to help Illinois government agencies and community programs assist victims of domestic violence, reduce recidivism through mentoring programs and improve training for law-enforcement officials. Today's funding comes through several different offices of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). "These investments in the Illinois justice system are crucial to … Continue Reading


September 27, 2017

Duckworth and Matsui Join Forces to Reduce Hunger and Improve Health Through Community Gardening

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), whose family relied on food stamps in her youth, introduced a resolution today during Hunger Action Month to reduce hunger and improve health around the country by promoting community gardens and the positive impacts they have on local communities. The resolution, if passed, would designate a National Community Gardening Awareness Week during the last week of September to support the gardens nationwide. Congresswoman Doris Matsui … Continue Reading


September 27, 2017

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Over $42 Million for Head Start Programs Throughout Chicagoland

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced that the Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families has awarded a total of $42,437,193 to support Head Start and Early Head Start programs in the greater Chicago area. "I'm proud to support programs like Head Start that give children in the Chicago area a fairer shot at reaching their full potential," Duckworth said. "When we invest in childhood … Continue Reading


September 27, 2017

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Over $8 Million for Head Start Programs in Metro East

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced that the Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families has awarded a total of $8,583,162 to support Head Start and Early Head Start programs throughout the Metro East. "I'm proud to support programs like Head Start that give children in Metro East a fairer shot at reaching their full potential," Duckworth said. "When we invest in childhood education and … Continue Reading


September 27, 2017

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Nearly $12 Million for Head Start Programs in Central Illinois

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced that the Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families has awarded a total of $11,979,331 to support Head Start and Early Head Start programs throughout Central Illinois. "I'm proud to support programs like Head Start that give children in Central Illinois a fairer shot at reaching their full potential," Duckworth said. "When we invest in childhood … Continue Reading


September 27, 2017

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Over $3 Million for Head Start Programs in Rockford

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced that the Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families has awarded a total of $3,213,794 to support Head Start and Early Head Start programs in Rockford, Illinois. "I'm proud to support programs like Head Start that give children in Rockford a fairer shot at reaching their full potential," Duckworth said. "When we invest in childhood education and parental … Continue Reading


September 27, 2017

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Nearly $6 Million for Head Start Programs in Western Illinois

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced that the Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families has awarded a total of $5,821,199 to support Head Start and Early Head Start programs throughout the Quad Cities. "I'm proud to support programs like Head Start that give children in Western Illinois a fairer shot at reaching their full potential," Duckworth said. "When we invest in childhood education … Continue Reading


September 27, 2017

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Over $4 Million for Head Start Programs in Peoria

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced that the Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families has awarded a total of $4,596,792 to support Head Start and Early Head Start programs in Peoria, Illinois. "I'm proud to support programs like Head Start that give children in Peoria a fairer shot at reaching their full potential," Duckworth said. "When we invest in childhood education and parental … Continue Reading


September 27, 2017

Duckworth Calls on Disaster Response Agencies to Improve Coordinated Relief Efforts

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) highlighted the need for better coordination between disaster response agencies to ensure communities and businesses - including those in rural areas - affected by natural disasters have access to the resources and aid they need to recover. Duckworth also stressed the need for disaster relief in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, which are home to more than 3.5 million U.S. citizens, to help them recover from the devastation caused … Continue Reading


September 26, 2017

Duckworth Statement on Trump Tax Reform Plan

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Following President Trump's announcement on his principles for tax reform, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement: "I want to work with both Republicans and Democrats to pass tax reform that is comprehensive and helps Illinois's small businesses and middle-class families. Unfortunately, the plan the President unveiled today had different priorities. He would run up the deficit by giving massive tax cuts for large corporations and the … Continue Reading


September 26, 2017

Duckworth & Durbin Call on Congress to Immediately Provide Disaster Assistance for Puerto Rico & U.S. Virgin Islands

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined 9 of their colleagues in writing to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan urging them to take immediate action on disaster relief legislation for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, which are home to more than 3.5 million U.S. citizens, to help them recover from the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria. Puerto Rico and the U.S. … Continue Reading


September 26, 2017

Duckworth Statement on Status of Graham-Cassidy Healthcare Bill

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Following an announcement that the Senate will not vote on the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement: "This is the result of so many Americans speaking up and letting Senate Republicans know that it is unacceptable to rush through legislation that would rob millions of their health insurance. I urge my Republican colleagues to set Trumpcare aside and finally leave this … Continue Reading


September 24, 2017

Duckworth Statement on Trump’s Indefinite Discriminatory Travel Ban

[WASHINGTON, DC] - In response to President Trump's latest illogical and discriminatory travel ban, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement: "It's disappointing to see President Trump continue his discriminatory attempts to ban people from our country because of their religion. As the daughter of an immigrant, I know firsthand how immigrants make our country a better place. Turning people away simply because of the place they were born or the religion they … Continue Reading


September 24, 2017

Duckworth & Durbin to President: Do More to Address Crisis in Cairo, Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) are asking President Trump to form a Cabinet-level task force to address the housing, health and economic crises in Cairo, Illinois. In calling for the new task force focused on Cairo, the Senators highlighted that because the Federal government played a significant role in the city's economic decline, it should also play an active role in its revival and recovery. "Cairo was once home to bustling … Continue Reading


September 21, 2017

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $100 Million in Federal Funding to Upgrade Public Transit in Chicago

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced $100 million in federal funding to support the Chicago Transit Authority's (CTA) Red and Purple Modernization (RPM) Program and improve accessibility and safety on CTA public transit. This funding comes through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Capital Investment Program (CIP), which provides roughly $2.3 billion each year to support light rail, heavy rail, commuter rail, streetcar and bus … Continue Reading


September 21, 2017

Duckworth Hosts Local Homelessness and Housing Organizations Roundtable

[CHICAGO, IL] -U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) hosted a roundtable where she heard from homelessness advocates and local housing leaders, yesterday. Duckworth discussed the President's proposed cuts to eliminate U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) funding and slash the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) budget. A photo of the discussion is available here. "USICH and HUD do important work to fight homelessness, but the ACA is also a critical component … Continue Reading

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