Dick Durbin http://wuis.org en Durbin Files Legislation Reacting To Hobby Lobby Decision http://wuis.org/post/durbin-files-legislation-reacting-hobby-lobby-decision <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>U.S. Senator Dick Durbin wants companies exempt from offering birth control in their healthcare plans to make that known to potential employees.</p><p></p><p>It's a response to the ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court last month, which determined certain business owners don't have to pay for contraceptives that violate their religious beliefs. These so-called "closely held" companies — typically small, family owned businesses — are exempt from the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:09:59 +0000 Hannah Meisel 29888 at http://wuis.org Durbin Files Legislation Reacting To Hobby Lobby Decision WUIS Archive: Alan Dixon Was Gracious In Defeat http://wuis.org/post/wuis-archive-alan-dixon-was-gracious-defeat <p>Former U.S. Senator Alan Dixon died Sunday in his southern Illinois home.<br /><br />The 86-year-old Belleville Democrat spent more than four decades in public office - 30 years in state government before going on to serve in Congress from 1981 to 1993.<br /><br />But Chicago Democrat Carol Moseley Braun unseated Dixon in 1992.&nbsp; Braun became the first African American woman to serve in the Senate.<br /> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:43:00 +0000 Peter Gray 29007 at http://wuis.org WUIS Archive: Alan Dixon Was Gracious In Defeat Durbin: Climate Denial 'Mindless And Irresponsible' http://wuis.org/post/durbin-climate-denial-mindless-and-irresponsible <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As Democrats in coal states rush to </span><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/03/us/carbon-plan-puts-democrats-in-coal-states-on-the-defensive.html?_r=0" style="line-height: 1.5;">distance themselves</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> from new federal regulations intended to address global warming — Senator Dick Durbin says Illinois is in a good position among coal-producing states.</span></p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 21:30:00 +0000 Brian Mackey 26889 at http://wuis.org Durbin: Climate Denial 'Mindless And Irresponsible' Durbin: Raise Tobacco Tax To Fund Medical Research http://wuis.org/post/durbin-raise-tobacco-tax-fund-medical-research <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sen. Dick Durbin wants a cigarette tax hike to help pay for basic medical research. The Illinois Democrat made his case Monday in Springfield, before a group of doctors and scientists at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.</span></p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 20:14:41 +0000 Brian Mackey 26876 at http://wuis.org Durbin: Raise Tobacco Tax To Fund Medical Research Durbin Calls For A Return of 'Earmarks' http://wuis.org/post/durbin-calls-return-earmarks <p>It's been a few years since Congressional "earmarks" were eliminated from federal transportation spending. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says it's time to bring them back.</p><p>Earmarks have a bad name — remember the "bridge to nowhere," a plan to spend nearly $400 million on a bridge to an island in Alaska with 50 residents?</p><p>Durbin says earmarks should have been reformed, not eliminated. He says legislators are in touch with the transportation needs of their districts and states.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:43:28 +0000 Brian Mackey 23069 at http://wuis.org Durbin Calls For A Return of 'Earmarks' Sen. Kirk Won't Campaign Against Durbin http://wuis.org/post/sen-kirk-wont-campaign-against-durbin <p></p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 22:40:25 +0000 Associated Press 21552 at http://wuis.org Sen. Kirk Won't Campaign Against Durbin Durbin Calls For Russian Troops To Leave Ukraine http://wuis.org/post/durbin-calls-russian-troops-leave-ukraine <p></p><p>U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is condemning Russia for sending military troops into the Crimean region of Ukraine. &nbsp;<br />The Illinois Democrat introduced a resolution Wednesday calling for the troops' withdrawal and a negotiated settlement of any issues involving Crimea. &nbsp;</p><p>Durbin also spoke on the Senate floor about a meeting he held last weekend in Chicago's Ukrainian Village neighborhood. He says he asked community members to gather after church for a conference call with the American ambassador in Kiev. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 00:13:49 +0000 Associated Press 20258 at http://wuis.org Durbin Calls For Russian Troops To Leave Ukraine U.S. Senate Candidate: Republican Doug Truax http://wuis.org/post/us-senate-candidate-republican-doug-truax <p>At the top of the ticket this year in Illinois is a race for the U-S Senate.&nbsp;</p><p>Republican Doug Truax is running against a state Senator, Jim Oberweis in the G-O-P primary.&nbsp; The winner will take on Democrat Dick Durbin in the fall. &nbsp;<br /><br />Truax is making his first bid for political office.&nbsp;&nbsp; Oberweis lost five previous elections, including two unsuccessful bids for U-S Senate, before being elected to the Illinois General Assembly. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 17:54:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 20106 at http://wuis.org U.S. Senate Candidate: Republican Doug Truax Illinois Politicians Challenge FEMA Formula UPDATED http://wuis.org/post/illinois-politicians-challenge-fema-formula-updated <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">UPDATE: &nbsp;On Tues., March 4, FEMA denied Illinois' appeal for public assistance for nine counties. &nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 19750 at http://wuis.org Illinois Politicians Challenge FEMA Formula UPDATED Durbin Disappointed With GOP Governor Candidates http://wuis.org/post/durbin-disappointed-gop-governor-candidates <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>U.S. Senator Dick Durbin is criticizing the Republican field of candidates governor for their stances on low-income workers and the unemployed.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's an ongoing battle the Democratic senator is fighting in Congress, mirrored in the race for the governor's mansion: raising the minimum wage.</span></p><p>The four Republican candidates for governor oppose raising the minimum wage in Illinois, which is currently $8.25 an hour.</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 18:57:12 +0000 Hannah Meisel 18683 at http://wuis.org Durbin Disappointed With GOP Governor Candidates U.S. Senate Approves Farm Bill http://wuis.org/post/us-senate-approves-farm-bill <p>The U.S. Senate passed the farm bill Tuesday by a vote of 68-32, sending it to the president’s desk and ending years of political wrangling.</p><p>Illinois Senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk were among the 68 "yea" votes. &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">To view Durbin's video statement on the farm bill vote, </span><strong><a href="https://vimeo.com/85835735" style="line-height: 1.5;">click here</a></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 21:37:24 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld & Peter Gray 18297 at http://wuis.org U.S. Senate Approves Farm Bill Durbin Pushing To Extend Unemployment Benefits http://wuis.org/post/durbin-pushing-extend-unemployment-benefits <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin continues to push for an extension of unemployment benefits. He says it’ll be the first priority when the U.S. Senate reconvenes next week.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Durbin says 83,000 </span>Illinoisans<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-12-30/news/chi-illinois-among-hardest-hit-as-extended-jobless-benefit-vanishes-20131230_1_benefits-program-additional-unemployment-benefits-emergency-program">lost unemployment benefits</a> on January first.</span></p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Brian Mackey 17280 at http://wuis.org Durbin Pushing To Extend Unemployment Benefits Durbin Praises Obama For NSA Scale Back http://wuis.org/post/durbin-praises-obama-nsa-scale-back <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Illinois' senior U.S. Senator says he supports President Barack Obama's changes for the National Security Agency.</p><p></p><p>President Obama has seen a split within his own party since Edward Snowden's revelations about how the U.S is gathering intelligence.</p><p>But at least one Democrat — Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin — says Obama is taking the right steps in balancing privacy with keeping America safe.</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 23:29:28 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 17201 at http://wuis.org Durbin Praises Obama For NSA Scale Back Food Allergy Awareness Law http://wuis.org/post/food-allergy-awareness-law <p>President Barack Obama has signed legislation giving financial incentives to states to stockpile emergency medications in schools that could save lives in the cases of allergic reactions. &nbsp;<br />The deaths of two girls in Illinois and Virginia from severe food allergies helped spur efforts to get schools to stockpile epinephrine. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 22:28:32 +0000 Associated Press 13058 at http://wuis.org Food Allergy Awareness Law Vote On New U.S. Attorney Set For Thursday http://wuis.org/post/vote-new-us-attorney-set-thursday <p>Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin's office says the Senate Judiciary Committee plans to vote next Thursday on President Barack Obama's nominee to be the next chief federal prosecutor in Chicago. &nbsp;<br>Obama chose Zachary Fardon in May to head the U.S. Attorney's Office for northern Illinois. After more than a decade in the high-profile post, Patrick Fitzgerald resigned last year to enter private practice. &nbsp; Sat, 21 Sep 2013 04:42:00 +0000 Associated Press 9360 at http://wuis.org Vote On New U.S. Attorney Set For Thursday Springfield Gets Money For Rail Underpass http://wuis.org/post/springfield-gets-money-rail-underpass <p>The federal government has awarded a $14.4 million grant for a railroad underpass in Springfield that will improve service along the emerging 110-mph Amtrak route between Chicago and St. Louis. &nbsp;<br>Four members of Congress from Illinois announced the award Friday. &nbsp;<br>The Carpenter Street underpass is part of work to consolidate rail traffic on a line east of downtown. &nbsp;<br>It will eliminate three street-level crossings, improving the safety of faster rail service through the state capital. It will also keep first responders from getting stuck at crossings. &nbsp; Fri, 30 Aug 2013 20:49:44 +0000 Associated Press 8147 at http://wuis.org Springfield Gets Money For Rail Underpass Durbin: Wait, Watch Before National Medical Marijuana Policy http://wuis.org/post/durbin-wait-watch-national-medical-marijuana-policy <p>Medical marijuana may be legal in his home state, but the number two Democrat in the U.S. Senate says that shouldn't be a national policy. &nbsp;</p><p></p><p>It'll be awhile before patients with certain diseases will actually be able to use pot to ease their symptoms - the Illinois law doesn't take effect until January, and state regulators have to put rules in place.</p><p>Even so, clinics &nbsp;- including one in Chicago &nbsp;- are already beginning to open.</p><p>Of course, it defies federal law.</p><p>U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says he's not ready for the feds to change course.</p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 22:52:23 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 6929 at http://wuis.org Durbin: Wait, Watch Before National Medical Marijuana Policy Springfield Vet Honored for World War 2 Service In Segregated Unit http://wuis.org/post/springfield-vet-honored-world-war-2-service-segregated-unit <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin was in Springfield Tuesday, presiding over a ceremony to honor a World War II veteran.</span></p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Brian Mackey 5159 at http://wuis.org Springfield Vet Honored for World War 2 Service In Segregated Unit