Dick Durbin

Politics & Issues
8:59 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Durbin Delivered Message To Push Improved Relations With Cuba

Sen. Dick Durbin met with Alan Gross, a contract worker for the Agency for International Development, in Cuba in 2012. Gross had been imprisoned since 2009.
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In 2012, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., traveled to Cuba to meet with imprisoned AID worker Alan Gross, but he also carried a message from President Barack Obama to leaders in Havana. “I told them this president was genuinely committed to looking for the right opportunity to improve relationships with Cuba,” Durbin said.

In conveying that message Durbin carried the credibility of being a long-time friend of the president and a high-ranking member of the Senate. “And I told them one of the big problems of course was the American prisoner, Alan Gross.”

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Politics & Issues
10:44 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Area Lawmakers Make Mark On Budget, Policy Bills -- Growler Funding, Sexual Assault Prosecution

U.S. Sens. Roy Blunt, a Republican, and Claire McCaskill, a Democrat.
Credit Blunt – Flickr/Gage Skidmore; McCaskill – Flickr/SenatorMcCaskill

Were area members of Congress to sum up this session in a single word, that word would most likely be “Growler.”  The funding for 15 of Boeing’s high-tech E/A 18G Growlers, which are built in St. Louis, is included in the $1.1 trillion government funding package approved by the Senate over the weekend.

Support for the Growler is the one thing most frequently mentioned by Missouri lawmakers.  That bipartisan support helped secure nearly $1.5 billion to keep the Growler going through the end of 2017.

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Congress
11:30 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

McCaskill Votes 'No' On Reid; Blunt, Wagner, Durbin Re-Elected To Leadership

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill
Credit Sen. McCaskill's Flickr page

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., joined a handful of other centrists-Democrats in voting against Nevada Sen. Harry Reid to be the caucus’ minority leader for the 114th Congress beginning in January. McCaskill said she made her decision in the wake of last week's election, which she said showed that Missouri voters want change.

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U.S. Congress
7:43 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Legislators Still Have To-Do List For Lame-Duck Session

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.

Senate Democrats return to Washington Wednesday morning knowing that their time in the majority will expire in just a few weeks. 

The lame duck session starts Wednesday and ends before Christmas, with a Thanksgiving holiday in between. The new Congress, with its Senate Republican majority of 52 seats, starts shortly after the New Year. The House remains firmly in Republican hands.

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2014 General Election
10:36 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Rauner Beats Quinn; Bost Rides Red Wave To Capture Illinois Congressional Seat

State Rep. Mike Bost will be the first Republican to represent what makes up the 12th District in generations.
Credit Rebecca Smith / St. Louis Public Radio

State Rep. Mike Bost rode the national Republican wave to victory Tuesday night, knocking off incumbent U.S. Rep. Bill Enyart to represent parts of the Metro East in Congress. 

Bost’s victory capped off a buoyant night for Republicans nationally and in the Land of Lincoln, where Republican Bruce Rauner unseated incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, a Democrat, won re-election.

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Defense
9:53 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Durbin, McCaskill Call For Tougher Actions Against Russia In Wake of Airliner Crash

Dick Durbin
Credit File photo

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.

The plane is believed to have been hit by a Russian-made missile fired by pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine.

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.

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On The Trail
5:24 pm
Sun July 6, 2014

Illinois Faces Surprising Struggle To Raise Minimum Wage

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, is supporting a non-binding ballot initiative to raise the Land of Lincoln's minimum wage. He said the initiative may help move the issue forward in the Illinois General Assembly.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin knows firsthand the difficulty in getting a minimum wage increase passed through a legislative body. 

The Illinois Democrat was unsuccessful in getting the U.S. Senate to increase the federal minimum wage this year. Even if Senate Republicans hadn’t filibustered that effort, it would likely have gone nowhere in the GOP-controlled House.

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Economic Development
7:47 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Illinois Leaders Pledge United Front To Attract Manufacturing Jobs

Southern Illinois President Randy Dunn promised that his institution's resources will help toward an effort to bolster manufacturing in southern Illinois.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

Illinois’ higher education, business and political leaders are pledging cooperation for an effort to bring manufacturing jobs to the region. 

U.S. Rep. Bill Enyart, D-Belleville, convened a day-long manufacturing summit at Mid-America Airport in Mascoutah. It was aimed at presenting a united front for southern Illinois to compete for manufacturing jobs.

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Jefferson-Jackson Dinner
11:30 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Illinois' Durbin To Headline Missouri Democrats' Biggest Fundraising Event

Dick Durbin
Credit (via Wikimedia Commons/United States Senate)

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.

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Scott Air Force Base
4:50 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Illinois Senators Continue Push To Showcase Scott Air Force Base

U.S. Sens. Mark Kirk and Dick Durbin speak to reporters Tuesday at Scott Air Force Base.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio

The Air Force's top civilian official spent Tuesday morning at Scott Air Force Base with Illinois' political leaders. 

U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk were among the officials who showed Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James around the Metro East military installation. It was the first time James visited the base since being confirmed by the U.S. Senate late last year. Illinois Lt. Gov. Shelia Simon, St. Clair County Board Chairman Mark Kern and Madison County Board Chairman Alan Dunstan were also on hand for James' visit.

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