U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin

Fairdale Street Damage_Ed Curran

Twister Kills 2, Injures 20; Governor Bruce Rauner Declares DeKalb, Ogle State Disaster Areas

After touring the damage left by powerful tornadoes that killed two people and injured nearly two dozen others, Gov. Bruce Rauner declared two counties disaster areas.

04/10/2015

Sen. Harry Reid’s Exit Sets Off Leadership Scramble For Durbin, Schumer

A very public spat between the No. 2 and No. 3 Senate Democrats is dashing the party’s hopes for a drama-free succession in the wake of Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s retirement.

04/02/2015

Gov. Bruce Rauner (left) and U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (right) | Photos by Scott Olson/John Gress/Getty Images

Rauner “Not Familiar” With Senate Republicans’ Letter To Iran

It’s been one of the biggest national stories of the week, but Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday said he’s “not familiar” with a letter 47 Republican U.S. senators sent to the leaders of Iran, amid the Obama administration’s efforts to negotiate a nuclear deal.

03/13/2015

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Durbin: GOP Letter To Iran “A New Low” That Undermines Nuclear Negotiations

The White House and top Democrats in Congress have accused a coalition of 47 Republican senators of attempting to undermine President Barack Obama’s efforts to negotiate an end to Iran’s nuclear program.

03/10/2015

U.S. Capitol Dome

Durbin Predicts Senate Floor Battle Over Immigration

Last week, Senate Democrats were able to fend off a Republican attempt to force the Obama administration to stop delaying deportations – a practice known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

02/09/2015

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM)

Durbin: Politicians Should ‘Stop Playing Doctor’ On Vaccines

In the face of increasing measles cases in Illinois and elsewhere, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said politicians “to stop playing doctor,” and encouraging parents who choose not to vaccinate their children.

02/06/2015

President Barack Obama speaks to the nation about normalizing diplomatic relations the Cuba in the Cabinet Room of the White House on December 17, 2014.  (Photo by Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images)

Durbin: Normalizing Relations With Cuba Long Overdue

The top Illinois Democrat in Congress applauded President Barack Obama’s plan to begin normalizing diplomatic relations with Cuba, and end 50 years of isolation. “After 55 years of embargo and exclusion to put an end to the Castros and communism, they’re still there. We should try a new approach,” said U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin.

12/17/2014

Dick Durbin

Durbin: Voters Want Congress To Be More Productive

A day after he sailed to his record fourth term in the Senate, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin was out thanking voters for their support, and urging the rest of Congress to come together to end the gridlock in Washington.

11/05/2014

Shipping orders go by on a conveyor belt at Amazon's San Bernardino Fulfillment Center. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Amazon To Open First Illinois Facility, Hire 1,000

The company made the announcement about the $75 million project on Tuesday. The jobs figure would be reached by 2017.

10/28/2014

Bill Clinton

Former President Clinton Stumps For Quinn, Durbin

Former President Bill Clinton became the latest high-profile Democrat to back the re-election bids of Gov. Pat Quinn and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, saying Tuesday that the candidates focus on issues important to voters, like jobs and health care.

10/21/2014

President Barack Obama hugs Gov. Pat Quinn during a rally at Chicago State University on Sunday . Obama attended the event to encourage Democrats in Illinois to vote early and cast ballots for Quinn against Republican challenger Bruce Rauner. (Photo credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama Fires Up Democrats, Urges Early Voting For Quinn

President Barack Obama was in Chicago on Monday, with a focus on rallying fellow Democrats to cast their ballots in the race for governor.

10/20/2014

Firefighters respond to the FAA Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center  in Aurora on Friday. (Credit: CBS)

FAA Chief Says Damaged Radar Facility On Track To Be Fixed By Oct. 13

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta planned to tour the crippleed Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) in Aurora, then meet with members of the Illinois congressional delegation to discuss repairs and an ongoing FAA review of the incident.

10/03/2014

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (Left) and State Senator Jim Oberweis (Right) (Credit: CBS)

Oberweis Opens South Side Campaign Office

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jim Oberweis opened a new campaign office Tuesday in the Woodlawn neighborhood, and said for too long, Republicans have ignored the African American community.

09/30/2014

Dick Durbin

Durbin: Blame House GOP, Not Obama For Immigration Reform Delay

Some advocates for comprehensive immigration reform have expressed outrage that President Barack Obama won’t take executive action to impose reforms until after the fall elections, but U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said he won’t criticize the president’s decision.

09/09/2014

Shiite Muslim fighters from the Saraya al-Salam  (Peace Brigades), a group formed by Iraqi Shiite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and tasked with defending the holy sites of Shiite Islam, brandish their weapons as they hold a position on the Jurf al-Sakhr front line, the scene of heavy fighting against advancing Jihadist militants and fighters of the Islamic State (IS), south of the capital Baghdad, on August 18, 2014. (Photo credit: ALI AL-SAADI/AFP/Getty Images)

Durbin Expects Congress To OK Military Resources To Combat ISIS

As President Barack Obama prepared to outline an expanded U.S. campaign to defeat an ultra-violent militant group in Iraq and Syria, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin was offering a few ideas on what the president should include in his speech.

09/08/2014

Firefighters douse a blaze after a freight train loaded with oil derailed in Lac Megantic in Canada's Quebec province on July 6, 2013, sparking explosions that engulfed about 30 buildings in fire.  More than 40 people were killed as a result of the crash and fire. (Photo redit: François Laplante-Delagrave/AFP/Getty Images)

Mayors Call For Improved Safety Measures For Oil Trains

Federal railroad officials got an earful Wednesday from the mayors of several Chicago area towns that have been affected by a growing number of increasingly long trains hauling crude oil and other volatile materials.

08/20/2014

James Foley on assignment in Aleppo, Syria. (Credit:  Nicole Tung)

Obama Condemns James Foley’s Execution, Calls ISIS ‘Cowardly’

A visibly angry President Barack Obama condemned the beheading of veteran journalist and Northwestern University alum James Foley as “an act of violence that shocks the conscience of the entire world.”

08/20/2014

The University of Chicago Medical Center campus in Hyde Park. (Credit: University of Chicago)

Durbin: Trauma Center At U Of C Hospital “Not A Casual Decision”

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin was trying to stay out of the dispute over whether the University of Chicago Medical Center should open a trauma center on its Hyde Park hospital campus.

08/12/2014

Waukegan Harbor

EPA Declares “World’s Largest PCB Mess” At Waukegan Harbor Clean

After nearly 30 years of legal wrangling and cleanup efforts, one of the most polluted sites on Lake Michigan has been declared safe.

08/05/2014

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (Left) and State Senator Jim Oberweis (Right) (Credit: CBS)

Durbin, Oberweis Clash Over Tax Break Legislation

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and the Republican state lawmaker who wants to unseat him have been clashing over proposed legislation favoring companies that keep jobs in America, over those that move operations overseas.

07/23/2014

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