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Peoria International Airport has received a $1.5 million dollar grant to rehabilitate the terminal’s apron pavement.

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Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says while President Trump made the right call to attack the Assad regime last Friday, he suggests the Commander-in-Chief use more precaution moving forward.

Trump last Wednesday tweeted about Russia with a heads-up on a possible U.S. missile attack on Syria. Durbin says the use of social media could have dire consequences.

 

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The top Capitol Hill Democrats from Illinois say they believe President Donald Trump's revised travel ban is unconstitutional and won't survive legal challenges.

The US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is hearing oral arguments today on the legality of President Trump’s executive order halting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries.  Illinois’ senior U.S. Senator continues to express his opposition to the action. 

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There’s a lot happening in the U-S Senate this week, with several final votes for Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees, and a Supreme Court nominee to be discussed. Then there’s the continuing court fight over the president's recent executive order on immigration.

Democratic Senator Dick Durbin on Illinois discussed these issues with Illinois Public Media’s Brian Moline

Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin had harsh words today in Springfield for Republican proposals in Congress to repeal Obamacare and give states more responsibility in running Medicaid.  President Donald Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan have both said they’re in favor of so-called block grants. 

Four Illinois community health centers are receiving a combined $4.9 million in federal grants to provide services in areas where there are barriers to affordable, quality health care.  U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth say the Department of Health and Human Services grants will go to centers in Cook, Lake and Peoria counties.

Illinois' senior U.S. senator, Dick Durbin, is raising questions about President-elect Donald Trump's pick for attorney general. Durbin met yesterday with nominee and fellow Senator Jeff Sessions.  Durbin, a Democrat, says his first priority was to ask Sessions about violence in Chicago. There were 762 murders reported there last year.

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Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is blasting Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's turnaround agenda as a "complete disaster for Illinois."  Durbin spoke today during Democrats' Day at the Illinois State Fair. Republicans had events on Wednesday. 

The Peoria International Airport is receiving more than $1.7 million for the rehabilitation of the airport’s apron. Illinois Senator Dick Durbin and Representative Cheri Bustos jointly announced the funding. The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded the grant to help with concrete replacements from gates five down to Byerly Aviation. The  announcement builds on more than $1.6 million in federal funding provided last year.

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) is worried the lack of a state budget is putting institutions of higher education throughout Illinois at risk. He said it could be a "disaster" for state universities and private colleges to recruit students with so much uncertainty surrounding their bottom lines.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says he left a meeting with Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland even more convinced he's well qualified to serve. Durbin says the Senate should hold hearings on Garland's nomination. 

Long before President Barack Obama's trip this week, the U.S. has had a physical foothold in Cuba at Guantanamo Bay. Obama's seeking to close down the detention center there. But Illinois' Senators are split on its future.

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US Senator Dick Durbin says it’s too early to say who could come away with the GOP nomination for President. The Illinois Democrat says that with the Iowa Caucuses two weeks away… he believes even most Republicans couldn’t yet answer that question.

Durbin says in his experience… voters need to wait until early March, after a few primaries and caucuses… to get a true sense of who’s leading. But the Senator admits surprise with Donald Trump’s high polling numbers:

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Both political parties have different takes on President Obama’s final State of the Union Address and what it could mean for his legacy.  

Illinois US Senator Dick Durbin calls President Obama’s address the kind given by a man tested by conflict, and served as a rebuttal to much of the rhetoric in the GOP race to succeed him.

And like the president, the Democratic Senator is downplaying the threat ISIS poses on this country’s future.

President Obama last week rejected a permit to construct the Keystone XL pipeline. The proposed pipeline would have carried oil from Canadian tar sands.  U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says it's time to look for alternative sources of energy.

A once-abandoned Illinois prison in Thomson, in northwestern Illinois, is on track to house hundreds of federal inmates.  Illinois spent millions to build a then state-of-the-art correctional center in 2001; but budget cuts meant it never actually opened.  More than a decade later, the federal government bought it.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin wants a federal review of the state's response to a Legionnaires' disease outbreak that killed 12 residents of a western Illinois veterans home.

Illinois' junior Republican Sen. Mark Kirk opposes the nuclear deal with Iran. But the state's senior US Senator, Democrat Dick Durbin, has been key in shepherding it through, and that has sparked rumors.

Durbin is Senate Democrats' No. 2. Really, it means he's the minority whip.  A job that -- no matter what you think of its merits -- he was successful at when it came to the nuclear agreement.

A lengthy Washington Post article is headlined "How Sen. Durbin spent his summer saving the Iran deal."

It's been years since the last long-term federal transportation program.  But with Congress back in session tomorrow, Illinois' senior U.S. Senator is making a push for it to get done by the end of the month.  

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin has met with officials in Ukraine to offer his support in their fight against pro-Russian rebels.

A U.S. Senator from Illinois wants to extend benefits for injured veterans. Caregivers of veterans can receive a stipend from the federal government if the veteran served on or after September 11, 2001. 

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois is calling the CIA interrogation practices described in the Senate Intelligence Committee's torture report troubling. He says it's "equally disturbing" that U.S. intelligence agencies "refused to disclose the truth even to the highest levels of government."

Latinos remain concerned about immigration reform

Nov 5, 2014

Illinois’ Democratic U.S. Senator was re-elected. But Latinos are still concerned about immigration reform, which was tabled until after the election.