Press Releases

February 25, 2017

Duckworth Hosts Infrastructure Roundtable in Quincy

QUINCY, IL - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) held a roundtable today with local leaders in Quincy, Illinois, to discuss the importance of rebuilding and modernizing Illinois's infrastructure to create jobs, protect children from lead contamination and improve transportation systems statewide. Duckworth, who serves the Environment and Public Works Committee and the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, also highlighted her goals to support infrastructure projects in Quincy and … Continue Reading


February 24, 2017

Duckworth Meets with Western Illinois University Leaders & Discusses College Affordability

MACOMB, IL - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) met with Western Illinois University (WIU) leaders today to discuss college affordability issues and hear about how she can best serve WIU and its students as Illinois's newest Senator. Duckworth toured the campus and commended WIU for its designation as a "Best for Vets College." The school currently has 555 students who are Veterans or Servicemembers. A photo of the meeting is available here. "It was great to meet with the leadership of WIU … Continue Reading


February 24, 2017

Duckworth Opens Senate Constituent Service Office in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, IL - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today hosted an open house to mark the opening of her new Senate office in Springfield to help ensure hardworking families across central Illinois can easily and quickly take advantage of the constituent services offered by the Senator and her downstate staff. Duckworth's Springfield Senate Office will provide a number of services to Illinoisans including assistance with Veterans benefits, Social Security, Medicare, small business … Continue Reading


February 23, 2017

Duckworth Visits Easter Seals DuPage & Fox Valley

VILLA PARK, IL - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) met with leaders of both the national Easter Seals organization and the local DuPage and Fox Valley chapter today to discuss the importance of protecting disability rights and supporting children with disabilities and their families. A photo of today's meeting is available here. "Every American should have the opportunity to lead a healthy, productive life - including those with a mental or physical disability," said Senator Duckworth. … Continue Reading


February 23, 2017

Duckworth Speaks at Secretary Jesse White’s African-American Heritage Month Celebration About Need for Economic Justice

CHICAGO, IL - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) spoke at Secretary Jesse White's annual African-American Heritage Month Celebration in Chicago, Illinois. Appearing alongside elected officials like Secretary of State Jesse White, Comptroller Susana Mendoza, and Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx, Duckworth paid tribute to the leaders and trailblazers of Chicago's African American community and spoke about the need for economic justice in Chicago and across Illinois. A photo is … Continue Reading


February 22, 2017

Duckworth Meets with Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea to Discuss Improving Public Safety

ROCKFORD, IL - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) met with Rockford Police Chief Dan O'Shea today to discuss how to strengthen police-community relations and how Duckworth can support the Rockford Police Department's efforts to improve public safety. The two discussed the Department's new program to improve quality of life for Rockford residents by encouraging police officers to live in the distressed neighborhoods they serve and protect, which is modeled after the successful Resident Officer … Continue Reading


February 22, 2017

Duckworth Visits Angelic Organics Learning Center in Caledonia

CALEDONIA, IL - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) met with Debra Crockett, Associate Executive Director of Angelic Organics Learning Center in Caledonia, Illinois, to discuss how they can work together to ensure local farmers have the resources they need to support sustainable food and farm systems. Duckworth also discussed the importance of the Center's efforts to support low-income families through community gardening and educational programming. "Growing up, my family had to rely … Continue Reading


February 22, 2017

Duckworth Visits Angelic Organics Learning Center in Caledonia

CALEDONIA, IL - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) met with Debra Crockett, Associate Executive Director of Angelic Organics Learning Center in Caledonia, Illinois, to discuss how they can work together to ensure local farmers have the resources they need to support sustainable food and farm systems. Duckworth also discussed the importance of the Center's efforts to support low-income families through community gardening and educational programming. "Growing up, my family had to rely … Continue Reading


February 21, 2017

Duckworth to Deliver George Washington University Commencement Address on National Mall

WASHINGTON, DC - On Sunday May 21st, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) will deliver the George Washington University (GW) commencement address in a ceremony on the National Mall. Duckworth graduated from GW in 1992 with a Master of Arts degree in international affairs. "I went to GW in part because of its outstanding record educating students in international relations, something that is as relevant and important today as it has ever been," said Senator Duckworth. "GW helped me build a … Continue Reading


February 19, 2017

Duckworth Highlights Importance of Small Business Development with Local Leaders in Hillside, Illinois

HILLSIDE, IL - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) met with State Representative Emanuel "Chris" Welch, Cook County Recorder Karen Yarbrough and Hillside Mayor Joseph Tamburino at Priscilla's Ultimate Soulfood Cafeteria in Hillside, Illinois, to discuss the needs of hardworking families in the Chicagoland area and the importance of advancing small business development across the state. A photo of today's visit to Hillside is available here. "If we want to create new economic … Continue Reading


February 17, 2017

Duckworth Reiterates Call For TSA Staffing Flexibility to Enhance Airport Security & Reduce TSA Delays

WASHINGTON, DC - This week, Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) reiterated her call to enhance the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) workforce flexibility by removing the arbitrary cap on the number of full-time screeners TSA may employ to protect our national security and reduce excessive wait times for airline passengers. Duckworth stressed the importance of making sure appropriate authorities are in place now in advance of the upcoming travel season, especially in light of the … Continue Reading


February 17, 2017

Duckworth Touts “Economic Opportunity” Agenda During Meeting with Chicago Southwest Development Corporation

WASHINGTON, DC - In a meeting with Chicago Southwest Development Corporation (CSDC) President Guy Medaglia this week, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) outlined her vision for creating jobs and expanding economic opportunity for hardworking families in communities across Illinois through investments in infrastructure, manufacturing and small business development. Senator Duckworth also discussed the Focal Point Community Campus, a one million square foot multipurpose complex being … Continue Reading


February 17, 2017

Duckworth Votes Against EPA Nominee Scott Pruitt

WASHINGTON, DC - After voting against the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement. Video of Senator Duckworth speaking on the Senate floor for a full hour in the middle of the night against Pruitt's nomination is available here. "As someone who fought to defend this nation, I've seen firsthand the price we pay for our dangerous dependence on foreign … Continue Reading


February 16, 2017

Duckworth Criticizes EPA Nominee Scott Pruitt’s Opposition to American-made Renewable Energy Programs Like RFS

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth joined several of her Senate colleagues today to outline her opposition to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) nominee Scott Pruitt. Duckworth highlighted Pruitt's numerous conflicts of interest, and his refusal to commit to protecting the Renewable Fuel Standard, which helps decrease our nation's reliance on foreign oil by encouraging the use of home-grown fuel sources like biofuels, including corn-based ethanol, in gasoline. "As someone who … Continue Reading


February 16, 2017

Durbin & Duckworth Introduce Legislation Rescinding Trump’s Mass Deportation Executive Order

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) and 19 other Senators in introducing legislation to rescind President Trump's Executive Order on Interior Enforcement, which directed the Department of Homeland Security to prioritize the deportation of a vast majority of undocumented immigrants living and contributing to U.S. communities and attempted to cut off funding for communities that limit cooperation with federal … Continue Reading


February 16, 2017

Duckworth Statement on Mick Mulvaney’s Confirmation Vote to be OMB Director

WASHINGTON, DC - After voting against Congressman Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) to be the Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement: "Families in Illinois know far too well the human costs of a government failing to pass a responsible budget. After reviewing Congressman Mulvaney's record, it is clear he should not be leading the national budget-making process. His past advocacy for shutting down the government … Continue Reading


February 15, 2017

Duckworth Statement on Andrew Puzder Withdrawing From Consideration to be Labor Secretary

WASHINGTON, DC - After Andrew Puzder withdrew from consideration to be the U.S. Secretary of Labor, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement: "Last month, I met several workers who were denied paid leave and were required to serve and prep food when they were sick while they worked for Andrew Puzder's fast food corporation. No one should be forced to choose between taking care of themselves or a sick family member and earning a paycheck they cannot afford to go … Continue Reading


February 15, 2017

Duckworth Announces Commerce Subcommittee Assignments

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) announced she will serve on the following four subcommittees in the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. The assignments will help Duckworth advocate for Illinois's economic priorities like infrastructure investments that support good-paying jobs, and provide her with oversight responsibilities that range from consumer protection to the safety and security of America's transportation network to professional sports … Continue Reading


February 14, 2017

Duckworth Statement on General Flynn’s Resignation as National Security Advisor

WASHINGTON, DC - In response to the resignation of the President's National Security Advisor, General Michael Flynn, after just 24 days on the job, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement: "By reportedly misleading the Vice President-elect about his collusion with a foreign government to undermine our nation's foreign policy, General Flynn left himself exposed to blackmail, betrayed our country's interests and lost the trust of both the Commander in Chief and the … Continue Reading


February 14, 2017

Duckworth Receives Outstanding National Service Advocacy Award

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) tonight received Voices for National Service's Outstanding National Service Advocacy Award in recognition of her lifetime commitment to public service and her efforts to promote and expand national community service opportunities to all young people wishing to give back to their communities.A photo of the award ceremony can be found here. "Serving my community and my country has always been a driving force in my life and I believe all … Continue Reading

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