Press Releases

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


February 23, 2018

Duckworth Statement on Gun Violence

[CHICAGO, IL] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement on gun violence: "I'm proud to join the brave young survivors of last week's mass shooting in calling for something more than thoughts and prayers. Pragmatic, bipartisan solutions do exist-the bills are already written-and Congress can act, as it has in the past, to protect our children from all sorts of things that could kill them. Car-seats, lead-free gasoline, raising the legal drinking age-these are … Continue Reading


February 23, 2018

Duckworth Statement on Gun Violence

[CHICAGO, IL] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement on gun violence: "I'm proud to join the brave young survivors of last week's mass shooting in calling for something more than thoughts and prayers. Pragmatic, bipartisan solutions do exist-the bills are already written-and Congress can act, as it has in the past, to protect our children from all sorts of things that could kill them. Car-seats, lead-free gasoline, raising the legal drinking age-these are … Continue Reading


February 22, 2018

Duckworth Underscores the Importance of American Manufacturing at Wheatland Tube in Back of the Yards

[CHICAGO, IL] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) toured Zekelman Industries' Wheatland Tube Company, a steel pipe and tubing manufacturer in Back of the Yards, and participated in a town hall with employees. Duckworth discussed the importance of American manufacturing and the results of the U.S. Department of Commerce's recently-completed investigation under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, which found that the importation of excessive foreign steel at discounted … Continue Reading


February 21, 2018

Duckworth Urges Trump Administration to Crack Down on Unfair Trade Practices That Are Devastating America’s Steel Industry

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) urged the Trump Administration to take swift action to crack down on unfair trade practices like the illegal dumping of foreign-made steel products, which is devastating America's steel industry. The U.S. Commerce Department recently completed an investigation into how foreign-made steel is impacting our national security that found that the importation of excessive foreign steel at discounted prices is weakening our national … Continue Reading


February 20, 2018

At Quincy Veterans’ Home, Duckworth Demands Answers & Calls for Accountability on Legionnaires’ Crisis

[QUINCY, IL] - During her visit to the Quincy Veterans' Home today, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) demanded answers and accountability from Illinois state officials who have been unable to contain an ongoing Legionnaires' Disease crisis that already claimed the lives of 13 Illinoisans who served their nation in uniform. Even after three years of this disease plaguing the Quincy Veterans' Home, the state has failed to protect its residents-in just the last few hours … Continue Reading


February 16, 2018

Duckworth Celebrates Contributions of Asian Americans on the Lunar New Year

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth released the following statement to celebrate the Lunar New Year: "Today, on the Lunar New Year, we honor the many ways Asian Americans have helped strengthen our economy and enrich our culture for generations. I am proud of my Chinese-Thai heritage and I look forward to celebrating many more contributions from the Asian American community in the years … Continue Reading


February 16, 2018

Duckworth, Senators: We Must Defend Disability Civil Rights

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 620, which would gut critical Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protections that help millions of people with disabilities live independent lives. In response, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Bob Casey (D-PA), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) released the following statement: "The Americans with Disabilities Act was passed in 1990 as the civil rights law protecting people … Continue Reading


February 15, 2018

Given Failure By Rauner Administration, Duckworth, Durbin, Urge CDC To Take Greater Leadership Role In Mitigating Legionnaires' Disease At IVH Quincy

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today pressed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to take a greater leadership role in helping to address the public health crisis at Illinois Veterans' Home (IVH) Quincy. Since 2015, more than 60 people have contracted Legionnaires' disease at IVH Quincy and 13 people have died as a result. Just this week, three more laboratory-confirmed cases of Legionnaires' disease were confirmed among IVH … Continue Reading


February 14, 2018

Ahead of House Vote, Duckworth Cautions Against Discriminatory “ADA Education and Reform Act”

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Moments after the House Rules Committee moved to send the ADA Education and Reform Act (H.R. 620) to the House floor for consideration, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) reminded her House colleagues of the threats to disability rights and civil rights posed by the legislation. H.R. 620, now scheduled for a final vote by the House on Thursday, would gut critical Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protections that help millions of Americans live independent lives. "This … Continue Reading


February 13, 2018

Durbin, Duckworth Statement On New Legionnaires' Disease Cases Confirmed At Illinois Veterans' Home Quincy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today released the following statement after two new cases of Legionnaires' disease were confirmed at the Illinois Veterans' Home (IVH) Quincy: "Last month, the Governor stated that his goal was 'zero instances of Legionella infection' at IVH Quincy. However in the month that has passed, we have seen nothing from the Governor's office - no final plan of action, no formal funding request, just more publicity stunts and … Continue Reading


February 12, 2018

Duckworth Statement on Trump Infrastructure Proposal

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - In response to President Trump's infrastructure proposal, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement: "This infrastructure 'plan' falls far short of what Donald Trump promised when he was running for President. It fails to make the necessary investments to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure, it would force states to enact new tolls and taxes on middle-class families and leaves rural America behind - all while simultaneously slashing hundreds of … Continue Reading


February 12, 2018

Duckworth Statement on Trump Infrastructure Proposal

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - In response to President Trump's infrastructure proposal, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement: "This infrastructure 'plan' falls far short of what Donald Trump promised when he was running for President. It fails to make the necessary investments to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure, it would force states to enact new tolls and taxes on middle-class families and leaves rural America behind - all while simultaneously slashing hundreds of … Continue Reading


February 12, 2018

Durbin, Duckworth Statement On Nomination Of Michael Scudder & Amy St. Eve For The 7th Circuit Court Of Appeals

[CHICAGO, IL] -U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement after the White House announced the nomination of Michael Y. Scudder, Jr. and U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve to serve as Circuit Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, based in Chicago: "We are pleased that the President has nominated Judge St. Eve and Mr. Scudder. They both have the experience, integrity, and judgment that we look for in federal judges, and we … Continue Reading


February 09, 2018

Duckworth, Senators Demand Explanation for Porter’s Continued Access to Classified Information From Kelly, McGahn

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - As new details continue to emerge about what the White House knew about former Staff Secretary Rob Porter's history of alleged abuse-and when they knew it-U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and eleven of her fellow Senators wrote White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and White House Counsel Don McGahn today to raise serious concerns regarding Porter's ongoing access to classified information even after John Kelly was notified that Porter was unable to obtain a security … Continue Reading


February 09, 2018

Duckworth, Senators Demand Explanation for Porter’s Continued Access to Classified Information From Kelly, McGahn

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - As new details continue to emerge about what the White House knew about former Staff Secretary Rob Porter's history of alleged abuse-and when they knew it-U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and eleven of her fellow Senators wrote White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and White House Counsel Don McGahn today to raise serious concerns regarding Porter's ongoing access to classified information even after John Kelly was notified that Porter was unable to obtain a security … Continue Reading


February 09, 2018

Duckworth, Durbin, Senate Dems Condemn Trump Administration Move to Help Businesses Steal Billions of Dollars in Tips from Workers

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined 22 of their Senate colleagues in writing to Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta, criticizing the Department of Labor's decision to cover up evidence showing its proposed change to the tip rules would result in employers stealing potentially billions of dollars from their workers. The move exposes the Trump Administration's true priority-helping pad the pockets of corporate interests while working families … Continue Reading


February 09, 2018

Duckworth Statement on Bipartisan Senate Budget Agreement

[WASHINGTON, DC] - After voting early this morning in support of the bipartisan Senate budget agreement, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement: "This agreement is not perfect but it ends the destructive cycle of short-term budgeting and uncertainty that damage our Armed Forces and harm our military readiness. After far too many short-term extensions, this compromise agreement also finally provides our Veterans with critical resources, funds community health … Continue Reading

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