Dick Durbin http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Durbin, McCaskill Call For Tougher Actions Against Russia In Wake of Airliner Crash http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/durbin-mccaskill-call-tougher-actions-against-russia-wake-airliner-crash <p>For U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, more sanctions against Russia aren’t enough to demonstrate the United States’ fury over Thursday’s crash of the Malaysian airliner in Ukraine.</p><p>The plane is believed to have been hit by a Russian-made missile fired by pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine.</p><p></p><p>Durbin and Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., both believe that the bulk of the blame lies with “Putin’s effort to destabilize the Ukraine,’’ as Durbin put it.</p> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 02:53:45 +0000 Jo Mannies 38195 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Durbin, McCaskill Call For Tougher Actions Against Russia In Wake of Airliner Crash Illinois Faces Surprising Struggle To Raise Minimum Wage http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-faces-surprising-struggle-raise-minimum-wage <p class="p1">U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin knows firsthand the difficulty in getting a minimum wage increase passed through a legislative body.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Illinois Democrat was unsuccessful in getting the U.S. Senate to increase the federal minimum wage this year. Even <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/01/us/politics/senate-minimum-wage-bill.html?_r=0" target="_blank">if Senate Republicans hadn’t filibustered that effort,</a> it would likely have gone nowhere in the GOP-controlled House.</span></p> Sun, 06 Jul 2014 22:24:57 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 37753 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois Faces Surprising Struggle To Raise Minimum Wage Illinois Leaders Pledge United Front To Attract Manufacturing Jobs http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-leaders-pledge-united-front-attract-manufacturing-jobs <p class="p1">Illinois’ higher education, business and political leaders are pledging cooperation for an effort to bring manufacturing jobs to the region.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">U.S. Rep. Bill </span>Enyart<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, D-Belleville, convened a day-long manufacturing summit at Mid-America Airport in </span>Mascoutah<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. It was aimed at presenting a united front for southern Illinois to compete for manufacturing jobs.</span></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 00:47:25 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 37740 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois Leaders Pledge United Front To Attract Manufacturing Jobs Illinois' Durbin To Headline Missouri Democrats' Biggest Fundraising Event http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-durbin-headline-missouri-democrats-biggest-fundraising-event <p>The Missouri Democratic Party has tapped U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., to be the keynote speaker for the state party’s annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, to be held June 7 at the Renaissance Grand Hotel in St. Louis.</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 16:30:35 +0000 Jo Mannies 35928 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois' Durbin To Headline Missouri Democrats' Biggest Fundraising Event Illinois Senators Continue Push To Showcase Scott Air Force Base http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-senators-continue-push-showcase-scott-air-force-base <p>The Air Force's top civilian official spent Tuesday morning at Scott Air Force Base with Illinois' political leaders.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:50:26 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 35322 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois Senators Continue Push To Showcase Scott Air Force Base Durbin Pushes Bill To Discourage Discrimination, Pay Inequality For Women http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/durbin-pushes-bill-discourage-discrimination-pay-inequality-women <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois is joining President Barack Obama and fellow Democrats in an election-year push to bridge the pay gap between men and women.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Speaking on the Senate Floor Tuesday, Durbin called on his Republican colleagues to help pass the Paycheck Fairness Act.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“It says that women cannot be discriminated in the workplace simply because they are women,” he said.</span></p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 03:39:58 +0000 Joseph Leahy 35125 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Durbin Pushes Bill To Discourage Discrimination, Pay Inequality For Women Durbin Wants To Put Georgia On Pathway To NATO Membership http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/durbin-wants-put-georgia-pathway-nato-membership <p>U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin has been&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/dick-durbin-us-sanctions-on-russia-good-but-not-sufficient/">supportive of how the U.S. froze bank accounts and barred visas of Russian officials</a> over that country’s action in Ukraine. &nbsp;</p><p>But the Illinois Democrat wants to send a stronger message to Russia by taking initial steps to admit the Republic of Georgia into NATO.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 18:52:30 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 34675 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Durbin Wants To Put Georgia On Pathway To NATO Membership Sen. Durbin Says U.S. Is Ready To Provide Nonlethal Aid To Ukraine http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ukraine-sen-durbin-says-us-ready-provide-nonlethal-aid Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene.<p>Just before residents of Crimea voted to break away from Ukraine and join Russia, a group of U.S. senators visited Kiev. They were showing support for Ukraine's new government, and also offering U.S. help. Among them was Illinois Democrat Richard Durbin. We reached him by phone in Chicago, and asked if the U.S. and Europe have to accept that Crimea is now part of Russia.<p>SENATOR RICHARD DURBIN: I don't accept that. I don't think we should. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 14:56:23 +0000 David Greene 34512 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Durbin Pushing Law Enforcement To Use Federal Gun Tracing Resources http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/durbin-pushing-law-enforcement-use-federal-gun-tracing-resources <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">US Senator Dick Durbin is proposing a carrot-and-stick approach to encourage police departments in Illinois to trace guns used in crimes.</span></p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 18:20:12 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 29052 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Durbin Pushing Law Enforcement To Use Federal Gun Tracing Resources Durbin To Hold Hearing On 'Stand Your Ground' Laws http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/durbin-hold-hearing-stand-your-ground-laws <div>U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) &nbsp;says he will hold a hearing on so-called "stand your ground" laws.&nbsp;<p></p><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">About 30 states have some form of the law, which gives a person the right to use deadly force to protect themselves if they feel their life is in danger.</span></div></div><div>&nbsp;<p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A Florida version of "stand your ground" played a role in the trial of George Zimmerman, who was acquitted in the shooting death of teenager </span>Trayvon<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Martin. &nbsp;</span></p> Sat, 20 Jul 2013 19:24:11 +0000 The Associated Press 28420 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Durbin To Hold Hearing On 'Stand Your Ground' Laws