Dick Durbin

Road Construction
7:43 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Highway Trust Fund At Risk, Threatens Illinois Jobs

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 5:38 am

At the height of the summer construction season, the national Highway Trust Fund is at risk of going belly-up by next month.

The fund helps pay for road work and bridge repairs all across the nation. Among projects in at jeopardy is work currently being done on an Interstate-72 overpass just outside of Springfield.

Mike Zahn, a leader with the International Union of Operating Engineers' State Council, spoke near that site on Monday.  He says these projects mean jobs.

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New Philadelphia
5:17 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Schock Dedicates Pavillion In Western Illinois, Hopes To Establish National Park

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 4:21 pm

An effort to create a national park at former town site in western Illinois remains stalled in the US Senate.  Congressman Aaron Schock, a Republican, is part of a bi-partisan group of lawmakers seeking the designation for New Philadelphia.

That site in Pike County marks the first town in the country founded by an African American.  Frank McWorter was a freed slave who created the community in 18-36.

Schock says creating a national park would allow more people to know the story of McWorter.  He says it work in tandem with Lincoln attractions in Springfield.

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US Senate Race for Illinois
11:31 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Durbin and Oberweis Divided on Issues

Senator Dick Durbin poses with supporters at Aurelio's in Macomb.
Credit TSPR's Emily Boyer

Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Jim Oberweis of Illinois has announced his support for raising the minimum wage, but only for those over the age of 26.

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Western Illinois Project
7:44 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Labor Agreements for FutureGen

Artist concept of FutureGen Power Plant
Credit Wikipedia

Backers of the proposed FutureGen power plant have reached an agreement with the leaders of 17 labor unions.

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High Jobless Rate in Illinois
4:20 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Durbin Pushing for Unemployment Assistance

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin speaks with reporters Sunday outside his home in Springfield.
Credit Brian Mackey

U-S Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) said one of his first priorities when the Senate reconvenes will be to call for an extension of unemployment benefits.

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