Press Releases

June 13, 2022

Duckworth Statement on Bipartisan Framework to Help Curb Gun Violence, Save Lives

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today issued the following statement after a group of bipartisan Senators unveiled a new framework to help curb our nation's gun violence epidemic: "This bipartisan framework represents a path forward to help reduce senseless gun violence in America and, ultimately, save lives. For Illinois, this framework would also help us crack down on two major problems that drive gun violence in our state: interstate firearms trafficking and … Continue Reading


June 13, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin Urge Illinois School Districts to Apply for EPA Clean School Bus Program

[WASHINGTON D.C.]-U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today sent a letter to more than 300 Illinois school district administrators to inform them that their districts are eligible to participate in the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Clean School Bus Program (CSBP). The program, a $5 billion effort established under the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, aims to convert the nation's school bus fleets to low- and … Continue Reading


June 13, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin Meet With Boeing CEO Following Decision to Move Headquarters From Chicago

[WASHINGTON D.C.]-U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with Boeing President and CEO David Calhoun to discuss Boeing's recent decision to move its global headquarters from Chicago to Arlington, Virginia. The Senators wrote a letter urging Calhoun to maintain a strong presence in Chicago after the May 5th announcement. In the letter, the Senators emphasized the impact Boeing's relocation would have on Illinois' economy. Currently, … Continue Reading


June 10, 2022

Duckworth Honored with Distinguished Community Health Advocate Award, Calls for End to Republican Blockade of Efforts to Prevent Insurance Prices from Skyrocketing

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today was honored with the National Association for Community Health Centers (NACHC) 2022 Distinguished Community Health Advocate Award, recognizing her efforts to support Community Health Centers (CHC). In a visit to Friend Family Health in Chicago's Gage Park community, Duckworth met with Friend Family Health CEO Verneda Bachus, Illinois Primary Health Care Association (IPHCA) CEO Ollie Idowu and other CHC leaders to highlight her efforts … Continue Reading


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 10, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin Lead Colleagues in Calling on DOJ to Ensure Government Websites Comply with the ADA

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) along with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin (D-IL) today led a group of 10 Senators in urging the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to provide better guidance and regulations to help State and local governments better comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act's (ADA) accessibility requirements on their websites, mobile applications and other forms of technology. In a letter sent to Attorney General … Continue Reading


June 10, 2022

On Chicago’s South Side, Duckworth Underscores Commitment to Passing Commonsense Gun Safety Legislation

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with local leaders and advocates to discuss the impacts of gun violence on Chicago's neighborhoods and legislative action at the federal level to pass commonsense gun safety legislation in the wake of massacres in Uvalde and Buffalo. Duckworth was joined at the Gresham Community Center by Chicago Alderman Howard B. Brookins, City of Chicago Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities Commissioner Rachel Arfa, Heartland Alliance … Continue Reading


June 10, 2022

Duckworth, Thune Introduce Bill to Provide Military Families With a Cost-Effective Fuel Option

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), who served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years and is a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), and U.S. Senator John Thune (R-SD), member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, introduced the Armed Forces Fuel Choice Act. This bipartisan legislation would ensure E15 fuel is offered at all commercial gas stations located on military bases in the United States. This bill would also ensure that … Continue Reading


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

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