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U.S. Senator Dick Durbin wants the federal government to increase funding for scientific research by five percent each year.

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State and federal lawmakers are celebrating the relative success of recent criminal justice reforms. But they admit there’s still a long way to go.

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Two senior U.S. Senators toured a federal prison in northwestern Illinois Tuesday.

Three Democratic U.S. senators are asking the Environmental Protection Agency to investigate allegations it isn't properly inspecting facilities that emit the cancer-causing gas ethylene oxide.

Programs that help babies and young children and their low-income families in suburban Chicago are getting nearly $3 million.

The federal government is giving Illinois $4.1 million to renovate a veterans' home where Legionnaires' disease has contributed to the deaths of 13 residents.

Illinois will get $1.7 million in federal grants for six anti-poverty programs.

Four central Illinois communities will share more than $400,000 in federal housing money to help families with job-training, education and more. 

Congressman Davis Ready for Tax Cuts

Oct 20, 2017

A central Illinois congressman is ready to vote for tax cuts.

Illinois is receiving more than $110 million in federal grants to help prevent and respond to terrorism and other emergencies.

Durbin Seeks Immigration Reform

Aug 25, 2017

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin hopes the recent detention of a women protected under the DACA program will spur Congress to act on comprehensive immigration reform.

Fire departments across Illinois are receiving nearly $2.7 million in federal grants to help pay for equipment and training.

The city of Chicago is receiving $14.8 million in federal grants to provide treatment to low-income people with HIV.

Senator Durbin Discusses Healthcare

Jul 6, 2017

US Senator Dick Durbin wants to see the United States eventually implement a “Medicare for all” type health care program.

Rare Meeting Offers a Glimmer of Bipartisanship

Jun 19, 2017

Two Illinois Congressmen held a rare bipartisan community meeting this weekend.

A program in Cook County to help non-violent offenders with drug or alcohol problems is receiving a federal grant of more than $324,000.

Illinois' two Democratic U.S. senators are taking steps to ensure they have a voice in choosing the state's new U.S. attorneys. 

Volunteer organizations around Illinois will be getting more than $15 million in federal grant money. U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin of Illinois announced that the additional funding for 16 Illinois-based AmeriCorps organizations will come from the Corporation for National and Community Service.

No. 2 Senate Democrat Dick Durbin is recovering in Illinois after an outpatient procedure for an irregular heartbeat.  Durbin was recently diagnosed with atrial flutter, a common, non-life threatening condition in which the heart beats less efficiently but one in which symptoms are often not noticeable. 

Healthcare leaders are voicing concerns about the Republican repeal plan to the Affordable Care Act.

Democrat Dick Durbin is traveling the state to meet with those who would be affected by the House changes.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin wants medical and dental schools in Illinois to have training sessions on responsible opioid prescription.

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.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin is expressing concern about several of President-elect Donald Trump's cabinet picks, noting that overall it is a "very rich" group.

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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When the Cubs celebrate their win tomorrow with a parade in Chicago, it'll be on World Champion Chicago Cubs Day in Illinois.  Governor Bruce Rauner just issued a proclamation making the designation official. 

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Local and state elected officials gathered outside a high rise in Peoria, where a yellow “Now Leasing” sign hangs. 

US Sen. Dick Durbin, Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth and Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis were among those who cut ribbon on the renovated Glen Oaks high rise on Main Street. The Section 8 project now offers 171 residential units for seniors and the disabled. The building formerly known as "Glen Oak Towers" previously had 168 aging units, and its owners were looking to sell the building before the renovations.

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U.S. Senator Mark Kirk says he is still hopeful about passing the measure to change the federal funding formula used after a disaster.  Kirk made his comments in Washington today, nearly three years after the EF-4 tornado struck Tazewell County. FEMA denied funding to the town.

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If you watched last night's presidential debate on television... chances are you caught a glimpse of Illinois' senior U.S. Senator in the audience. But his title is not why cameras turned in Dick Durbin's direction.  Durbin says something was curious:

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.

As the Illinois government budget stalemate continues, Democrats are thinking about who might challenge Governor Bruce Rauner in 2018.   Among the Democrats who might be interested are former governor Pat Quinn.  He lost all but one of Illinois' 102 counties to Rauner two years ago, but has lately made a public push to get back into politics.