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New cases of COVID-19 among staff at the Thomson federal prison have prompted a call for more testing.

As of August 20th, 30 staff members and 18 inmates have tested positive for the coronavirus. U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos, along with Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth, have called for immediate full staff testing in a letter to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Illinois' U.S. Senator, Dick Durbin, said the Senate will vote soon on the latest deal to address a nationwide outbreak of COVID-19.

Illinois U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says some of his colleagues have gone too far in public comments about President Trump's impeachment.

Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says he thinks the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump should go forward. He said he joined his colleagues several weeks ago to say it was necessary.  

“I didn’t jump at this as a possibility," Durbin said.  "I waited until the evidence started to mount, and I believe, based on the documents released by the president, declassified by the president, and the whistleblower’s complaint, I believe the impeachment inquiry should go under way."

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Two senior U.S. Senators toured a federal prison in northwestern Illinois Tuesday.

The Administrative United States Penitentiary is based in Thomson, Illinois. Budget shortfalls meant the facility was sold to the Federal Bureau of Prisons in 2012.  Since then, staff and inmate numbers have gone up, but new employees are having difficulty finding nearby housing. Democratic Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois explains.

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin is calling on the House of Representatives to begin a formal impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. 

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U.S. Senator Dick Durbin visited SwedishAmerican hospital in Rockford Tuesday to highlight the importance of reducing the cost of prescription drugs.

He discussed three bills that take aim at this problem. The first is known as the Remedy Act, and Durbin says it would limit the abuse of patents to prevent generic drugs from threatening a drug company’s monopoly.

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Reaction is coming in from lawmakers representing all corners of the state as it pertains to the vote to avoid another government shutdown as well as President Trump's announcement Friday to declare a national emergency to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Illinois Senator Dick Durbin was in Springfield today (WED), casting his ballot in the 2018 Election. He says he's encouraged by early voting tallies in Illinois so far, and that immigration is now among the chief issues thanks to President Trump.

Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin is again criticizing Governor Bruce Rauner’s handling of Legionnaires’ disease at a veterans home, saying “We need solutions, not cover-ups.”

 Durbin’s statement comes after WBEZ published a 2015 email from Nirav Shah - the state’s public health director. In it he writes agency officials waited six days after they knew an epidemic was on their hands at the Quincy veterans’ home before publicizing it.

Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin voted against two of President Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees Wednesday.

In the morning, Durbin and all Democrats on the Judiciary Committee voted against Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions.

It came days after Trump fired the acting Attorney General for refusing to enforce the president’s order on refugees and immigration.

"This is a constitutional moment, and a challenge to us to envision what the next attorney general will be facing in the remaining three years and 11 months with this president," Durbin said.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says his Democratic colleagues will pose tough questions to President-elect Donald Trump’s appointees. 

Durbin will vote on nominees such as Sen. Jeff Sessions for U.S. Attorney General. Durbin has worked closely with Sessions in the past but also differed with the Alabama Republican on certain issues.  He wants Sessions to lay out his views on immigration and criminal justice reform.

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Illinois makes it tough for independent and third-party candidates to run for office, especially when compared with the petition rules for Democratic and Republican candidates.  

Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says there’s good reason for some disparity.

“Those of us ... many of us here are invested in a party structure that invests a lot in making sure we field a slate of candidates, year in, year out, election after election," Durbin said. "If you want to appear out of nowhere and be treated similarly, you have to have a claim of legitimacy."

    US Senator Dick Durbin says it’s time the law enforcement community provided its two cents on proposed gun legislation.

The Illinois Democrat says police organizations typically withhold their comments when bills on assault weapons and background checks come before Congress.

“We need them to step forward and say ‘this is what we should do, which would be sensible, and keep America safer.’  They’re a credible voice.  These men and women risk their lives every morning when they get up and put a badge on.  And I think we need their voices," he said.  


Illinois US Senator Dick Durbin continues to tamp down speculation that he might run for governor in 2018.

Illinois is approaching a full year without a budget — owing largely to the stalemate between Republican Governor Bruce Rauner and the Democrats who control the legislature.

That has some Democrats looking ahead to 2018 — whispering about Durbin as a possible candidate.

The U.S. Senate is scheduled to take up several measures today that could clear the way for the president to get his so-called fast-track trade authority. 

That’s according to Illinois Democrat Dick Durbin.

“Pro-Trade” Democrats broke ranks with the president this week and blocked his trade bill.  They say Republicans must give them the chance to add protections before they’ll consider allowing a vote on the bill. Those include provisions to enforce worker safety, block the use of child labor and address currency manipulation. 

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The Illinois coal industry is not happy with the federal government’s decision to stop funding a clean-coal project in Illinois. 

President Barack Obama's administration pulled the plug on the FutureGen 2.0 "clean-coal" power plant, which was slated to be built in central Illinois.

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says the budget proposed by President Barack Obama maintains funding for two national laboratories in Illinois. 

The spending plan includes more than $5 billion for the Energy Department’s Office of Science. That's the primary funding source for the Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont and Fermilab in Batavia.

Argonne is one of the Energy Department's largest research centers, spanning fields including high-energy physics, climatology and biotechnology. Fermilab is a leading center of high-energy physics research.