Dick Durbin

Rail Transportation
11:50 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Full Steam Ahead For Amtrak

An Amtrak train stops to drop off and pick up passengers at the Springfield station.

Originally published on Wed August 6, 2014 8:46 pm

  Amtrak ridership in Illinois has risen in recent years; it's up almost 85 percent from 2006 through last year. That trend developed after the rail service added routes. The train service could grow more in the future.

In 2006, lines branching out from Chicago that went to Carbondale, Quincy and St. Louis added trips.

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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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Sets Up National Park Service Listing
9:39 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

New Philadelphia Bill Passes House Committee

A 1939 photo of the New Philadelphia Town site, which came one step closer to being part of the National Park Service.
Credit http://www.anthro.illinois.edu/f

A bill that would bring a historic site in Western Illinois  one step closer to being preserved by the National Park Service has passed a U.S. House committee.

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Bipartisan Bill introduced by IL Lawmakers
2:48 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Bill to Help Mississippi River Adapt to Drought

Credit http://greenbusinessmatters.com/

US Senator Dick Durbin of  Illinois recently introduced a bill to help the nation prepare to deal with the effects of future droughts on the Mississippi river.

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Newtown Aftermath
1:21 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Durbin Calls for “Reasonable” Gun Restrictions

US Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL)
Credit Rich Egger

Following the second-worst mass shooting in American history, US Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) said hunters and sportsmen need to "step up."

He urged them to support what he called "reasonable restrictions" on the types of weapons that can be purchased and on large ammunition magazines.

Durbin said average citizens don't need access to the kind of military-style equipment used by the gunman in Newtown, CT.

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Deadline Approaching
6:14 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Farm Bill in Limbo

Rich Egger

Congress has less than two weeks  to act before the current farm bill expires.

Dozens of federal programs are included in the bill -- everything from  crop insurance to food aid for the poor.

Spending on food aid is one of the reasons that House Republican leaders have refused  to call the measure for a vote. U-S Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) is among  many farm-state politicians of both parties who have been  critical of that decision.

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