Dick Durbin

2011 World Series / Tobacco / U.S. Senate
11:10 am
Tue October 18, 2011

Sens. urge baseball to ban tobacco

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Four U.S. senators and health officials from the cities hosting the World Series are urging the baseball players union to agree to a ban on chewing tobacco at games and on camera.

The senators, including the No. 2 Democrat Dick Durbin of Illinois, and the health officials from St. Louis and Arlington, Texas, made the pleas in separate letters, obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press. The World Series between the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals begins in St. Louis Wednesday night.

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President Obama Visits Illinois
1:43 pm
Wed August 17, 2011

Ill. Republicans criticize President Obama's visit to their state

President Barack Obama.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Reporting from WBEZ's Tony Arnold and Ammad Omar used in this report.

Republicans are criticizing President Barack Obama for visiting his home state Wednesday.

The Democratic president is scheduled to visit Western Illinois as part of a Midwestern tour.

Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady says Mr. Obama's policies have not helped the state's economy.

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Morning Round-up
9:25 am
Tue July 26, 2011

Morning headlines: Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Ill. Sen. Dick Durbin has announced that he opposes a short-term extension of the debt ceiling; he wants to extend it until after the 2012 election. Pres. Obama and Congress face an Aug. 2 deadline to avoid a potential government default.
(Elena Schneider/Medill News Service)

Durbin opposes short-term extension of debt-ceiling

Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Ill. has announced that he wants to extend the debt ceiling until after the 2012 election. He says Republican House Speaker John Boehner’s plan to raise the ceiling as budget cuts are made would do nothing to help the economy, and won’t keep credit agencies from downgrading the nation’s debt. Rather, he says it would lead to higher interest rates.

 New conservative ad campaign targets Mo. Sen. McCaskill, among others

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Metro East Port Project
9:55 am
Fri July 22, 2011

Durbin: More money for Metro East port project

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.
(Official Portrait/via Wikimedia Commons)

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says a Metro East port project is getting more money.

Durbin announced the $8.5 million from the Department of Transportation. The money is to help build a transportation hub that Durbin says can help reduce congestion on the Mississippi River.

Durbin's office says the project got $6 million last year. The project includes a harbor, rail lines and a rail and truck facility in Madison County, Ill.

The Illinois Democrat says the facility can help the Metro East's economic competitiveness.

Claire McCaskill / Oil Refiner Price Fixing
11:58 am
Tue May 17, 2011

McCaskill writes FTC, urges price fixing probe of U.S. oil refiners

Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin (l) signed on to a letter drafted by Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill (r) to the Federal Trade Commission. The letter calls for an investigation of U.S. oil refiners in relation to price fixing.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill has drafted a letter to the Federal Trade Commission asking that an investigation be launched into recent allegations of price fixing of gasoline by U.S. oil refiners.

The letter, a release states, comes after a report in the Kansas City Star "analyzed the ballooning profit margin by oil refiners in recent months."

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Federal Budget
4:32 pm
Mon April 4, 2011

Illinois' U.S. senators: party leaders trying to avoid government shutdown

Illinois' two U.S. Senators, Republican Mark Kirk (l) and Democrat Dick Durbin.
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Reporting from WBEZ's Tony Arnold used in this report.

Illinois' two U.S. senators are saying party leaders are trying to avoid a government shut down. Lawmakers are facing a Friday deadline to finalize the federal budget.

Illinois' senior U.S. senator, Democrat Dick Durbin, said budget negotiations with House Republicans and Speaker John Boehner are close to wrapping up.

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Illinois Nuclear Power
4:03 pm
Fri March 25, 2011

Illinois senators question nuclear experts

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

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk says the size of the evacuation zones around the six nuclear power plants in Illinois should be reviewed.

Kirk and fellow U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin held a forum Friday with a panel of four nuclear experts that resembled a congressional hearing to talk about safety in Illinois in the wake of the disaster in Japan.

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East St. Louis
11:49 am
Fri March 25, 2011

East St. Louis allowed to re-hire 11 firefighters, hire 11 more thanks to federal grant

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The East St. Louis Fire Department will soon be able to bolster their efforts and staffing with a federal grant, the Belleville News-Democrat reports.

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Illinois Nuclear Power
5:43 pm
Thu March 24, 2011

Durbin says he'll ask nuclear experts about safety

Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin in 2009.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

Sen. Dick Durbin says he wants answers from nuclear experts about the safety of some of Illinois' aging nuclear plants in the wake of the crisis in Japan.

The Democrat says he and fellow U.S. senator, Republican Mark Kirk, will host a forum in Chicago on Friday that will include the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.

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Morning round-up
9:21 am
Mon March 7, 2011

Morning headlines: Monday, March 7, 2011

Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin (left) with Mo. Sen. Claire McCaskill in 2009.
(St. Louis Public Radio)
  • A Pennsylvania man has been charged with three counts of child molestation and one count of statutory sodomy after he allegedly forced his way into a hotel room at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Clayton and molested a 9 year-old girl. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that after returning to the hotel intoxicated at around 4 a.m. Sunday morning, 42 year-old Daniel T. Hughes went to the wrong room.
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