U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin

Kain Colter. (David Banks/Getty Images)

Colter Takes Northwestern Player Union Case To Capitol Hill

Members of a group trying to unionize college athletes sought out potential congressional allies Wednesday as they braced for an appeal of a ruling that said full scholarship athletes at Northwestern University are employees who have the right to form a union.

04/02/2014

Cleanup crews use vacuum trucks to remove crude oil from Lake Michigan, after a spill from the BP refinery in Whiting, Ind. (Credit: CBS)

Durbin, Kirk Want To Talk To BP Executives About Whiting Oil Spill

“Any unanticipated spill is cause for concern, but given the Whiting refinery’s recent expansion of its operations to double the amount of heavy oil sands being processed, this spill raises questions about the long-term safety and reliability of BP’s new, expanded production at Whiting,” they wrote.

03/28/2014

Doug Truax (left) and Jim Oberweis (right) are running against each other in the 2014 Republican primary for U.S. Senate. (Credit: CBS)

Senate Hopeful Slams Rival Oberweis For Florida Trip

One of the two Republicans vying to challenge U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin in the fall is taking issue with his opponent being on vacation in Florida less than a week before the primary election.

03/12/2014

Downtown Chicago skyline. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

New Lab Could Bridge Chicago’s Manufacturing Past, Digital Age

News that a national, digital manufacturing laboratory will be built in Chicago offers hope that the city’s once-strong manufacturing sector can be rebuilt into a powerhouse of the 21st Century.

02/24/2014

Pullman (CBS)

Kelly, Durbin, Kirk Push For National Park Status For Pullman District

Three members of the state’s congressional delegation are teaming up in a bipartisan effort to establish a national park in the historic Pullman neighborhood.

01/24/2014

The Georgetown Commons apartment complex was among the first residential areas hit by a tornado that swept through the small town of Washington, Ill., on Sunday. (Credit: CBS)

Many Tornado Victims Return Home To Search For Possessions

Many residents in downstate Washington were getting their first chance to return to what’s left of their homes on Friday, five days after a violent tornado ripped much of the small town to shreds.

11/22/2013

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois is on hand Thursday to counter Republican spin at the party's convention in Tampa, Fla. (CBS)

Durbin Wants Answers On Problems With Rollout Of Health Exchanges

House Republicans are pushing for answers about the troubled launch of the new federal health care marketplace. WBBM’s Nancy Harty reports a top Illinois Democrat says he supports that.

10/19/2013

Dick Durbin

Durbin: Republican Strategy On Shutdown Was ‘A Complete Disaster’

After helping negotiate a bipartisan deal to end the partial federal government shutdown, and extend the debt limit, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) said he hopes House Republicans learned a lesson: “this is unacceptable.”

10/17/2013

The Hotel Florence is part of the landmark Pullman Historic District on Chicago's Far South Side. (Credit: Thinkstock)

Feds Say Pullman Historic District Should Be National Park

Part of Chicago’s historic Pullman neighborhood is a step closer to becoming a national park.

09/10/2013

U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.)

Illinois Lawmakers Divided On Military Intervention In Syria

Illinois lawmakers in Washington are having a hard time making up their minds about the Obama Administration’s proposal to strike out at Syria. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

09/03/2013

U.S. Capitol Dome

Durbin Hopes Senate Immigration Deal Convinces House To Vote Yes

While chances for sweeping immigration reform have improved with a Senate package of border security measures added to a bill backed by the White House, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) said the proposal remains chancy in the House.

06/21/2013

U.S. President Barack Obama announces that he will nominate Chicago business executive Penny Pritzker for Commerce Secretary. (Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Senate Panel Backs Penny Pritzker’s Cabinet Nomination

Penny Pritzker’s nomination to be the next Commerce Secretary advanced to the full Senate on Monday, following the unanimous approval of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

06/11/2013

U.S. Sens. Mark Kirk and Dick Durbin (CBS file)

Durbin, Kirk Want Top Prosecutor Nominee To ‘Crush’ Street Gangs

U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk met today with Zachary Fardon, the nominee to be the next U.S. Attorney in Chicago, and told him they’d like to see him focus on street gangs and gun violence.

05/29/2013

Dirksen Federal Building

Fardon Nominated To Succeed Fitzgerald As U.S. Attorney

Zachary Fardon was on the team of federal prosecutors who secured convictions against former Illinois Republican Gov. George Ryan in 2006. In that case and in others, Fardon gained a reputation as an adept, quick-witted cross-examiner.

05/23/2013

This was the scene in Marseilles, Ill. three weeks ago when the Illinois River flooded a section of town. (CBS)

Illinois River Town Still Recovering From Flood

Two hundred families still can’t return home in Marseilles. CBS 2′s Dorothy Tucker reports.

05/10/2013

A resident of Des Plaines walks through floodwater to get to his home on Friday. (Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Governor Asks For 11 Counties To Be Named Federal Disaster Areas

On Thursday, the entire Illinois congressional delegation and Gov. Quinn asked President Obama for federal flood-relief funds.

05/09/2013

U.S. Sens. Mark Kirk (right) and Dick Durbin speak to students at a charter school at Naval Station Great Lakes on May 3, 2013. (Credit: CBS)

Kirk Says Progress Continues As He Discusses Stroke Rehab With Students

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk made a symbolic return to his former Congressional District on the North Shore on Friday, four months after returning to work in Congress.

CBS 2–05/03/2013

credit: Steve Hardy/CBS Digital Chicago

Federal Court Forces Old Post Office To Turn On Fans To Clean Union Station Air

Commuters should notice some improvement in air quality as they board Metra and Amtrak trains at Union Station.

WBBM Newsradio–05/02/2013

U.S. President Barack Obama announces that he will nominate Chicago business executive Penny Pritzker for Commerce Secretary. (Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Obama Taps Penny Pritzker As Commerce Secretary

Another Chicagoan could soon join President Barack Obama’s Cabinet. The president nominated billionaire and longtime fundraiser Penny Pritzker to be the next U.S. Commerce Secretary.

05/02/2013

File Photo Of Glock Handgun. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Durbin Confident In Chances For ‘Straw Purchasing’ Gun Trafficker Law

A day after a gun trafficking law named after slain Chicago teen Hadiya Pendleton made its way to the Senate floor, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said he believes it has the best chance of becoming law out of all the gun control proposals being considered on Capitol Hill.

CBS Chicago–03/08/2013

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