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Senator Tammy Duckworth was one of 23 lawmakers to introduce legislation earlier this week that would block the sale of blueprints for 3D-printed firearms. 

Speaking on The 21st show, the Illinois Democrat says she hopes to prevent the spread of 3-D printed firearms by blocking the online instructions to create them.

“They're dangerous not just for the potential victims but also for the shooters, they, these guns also tend to blow up.”

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Illinois State Sen. Kyle McCarter’s nomination to be the U.S. ambassador to Kenya comes at a time of challenges for the African nation.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced his intention to nominate McCarter.

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Republicans and Democrats are each blaming the other party for the impasse that has caused government funding to expire and a partial government shutdown to loom on Monday.

During a conference call with reporters Saturday, U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, said six years of government funding for a children's health insurance program (CHIP) should have been enough to encourage bipartisan support, though it did not get that in either chamber.

Duckworth Blames Naval Collision On Lack Of Training

Aug 24, 2017
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U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth blames a lack of training for the recent collision involving the USS John McCain and an oil tanker near Singapore.

 

Ten sailors are missing and five others injured after that accident. Speaking on Illinois Public Radio’s daily talk show “The 21st,” Duckworth said the problem goes back to budget sequestration implemented in 2013.

 

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Tammy Duckworth is glad to be back working for the entire population of Illinois.

She has just completed her first three months as a U.S. Senator, following her defeat of Republican incumbent Mark Kirk last November.

Duckworth spent three years as director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs before moving to Washington D.C. as Assistant Secretary for Veterans Affairs under President Obama. She returned to Illinois in late 2011 and won the Illinois 8th District U.S. House seat the following year.

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Iraq War veteran and Purple Heart recipient Tammy Duckworth – Illinois’s junior senator – is speaking out against President Trump’s executive order on immigration.

She says it amounts to a ban on Muslims and that it actually puts American troops overseas in harm’s way – by giving terrorist groups like ISIS a major recruitment tool.

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She may be a Democrat, but the new U.S. Senator from Illinois says she's prepared to work with President-Elect Donald Trump to reunite and heal the nation.

U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth is a veteran; she lost her legs 12 years ago while flying a helicopter in the Iraq War.

Trump will be the first President who hasn't served in government or the military.           

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk says it's "disappointing" two groups have withdrawn endorsements. He's trying to fight off a challenge from Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth.

Kirk was a rare Republican to receive recommendations from the Human Rights Campaign, which supports gay rights, and a gun control group led by former congresswoman Gabby Giffords. 

Both pulled their endorsements after Kirk made a wisecrack minimizing the Duckworth family legacy of military service; many critics immediately condemned it as racist. 

Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois enters the crucial final week before Election Day weakened by comments about his opponent that critics are calling racist and "beyond reprehensible."

Two organizations whose endorsements Kirk had touted withdrew their backing over the weekend, saying they're now supporting Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth.

Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk has apologized for mocking Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth's immigrant background and her family's history of military service.

In a Twitter post Friday, Kirk says: "Sincere apologies to an American hero, Tammy Duckworth, and gratitude for her family's service."

At a U.S. Senate debate Thursday in Springfield, Duckworth spoke of how her family has "served this nation in uniform going back to the Revolution."

Kirk responded that he had "forgotten (that her) parents came all of the way from Thailand to serve George Washington."

Illinois US Senator Mark Kirk says he knows how the Republican Party can be successful after this year’s presidential campaign that’s divided the party.

  

Kirk has called on his party’s nominee, Donald Trump, to drop out of the race.

Appearing on WBEZ’s Morning Shift, Kirk was asked about the future of the GOP after this election.

Kirk says Republicans should talk about financial issues, and he compared Illinois’ state government to Puerto Rico and Greece, which have also been struggling financially.

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Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk has lagged far behind Democratic challenger U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth in raising money for the final weeks of his re-election bid.

Documents filed with federal election authorities this month show Kirk raised almost $1.2 million between July 1 and September 30.

Duckworth raised more than three times that amount, bringing in $4.1 million during the same period.

It was her strongest fundraising quarter yet, leaving Duckworth with $4.3 million cash on hand. Kirk's campaign fund had a balance of about $1.4 million.

Republican U.S. Senator Mark Kirk and his Democratic challenger, U.S. Representative Tammy Duckworth, spoke out against Donald Trump after he made statements suggesting the presidential election was rigged, and that he might not accept the results.  

Mitt Romney Stumps For Sen. Mark Kirk In Chicago

Oct 20, 2016

Mitt Romney stumped for US Senator Mark Kirk in Chicago.   

The former presidential nominee says a Republican Senate could keep the president in check.

"It’s essential that we have a Republican Senate to keep the Senate and keep America from going off the rails," he said.

Both Romney and incumbent Senator Kirk say they won’t vote for Donald Trump.

Kirk says he and Romney share another similarity: both are Republicans who have won in states that tend to favor Democrats.

The Chicago Tribune has endorsed Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth for the U.S. Senate, arguing that incumbent Republican Mark Kirk is unable to fully do the job after recovering from a stroke.

The newspaper said Friday that "due to forces beyond his control, Kirk no longer can perform to the fullest the job of a U.S. senator."

Kirk spokesman Kevin Artl called it "a low-blow and cheap shot" that's "not based on fact or reality."

Mark Kirk and Tammy Duckworth faced off in their first debate Monday.

The two U.S. senate candidates criticized their own political party’s nominees for president.

Duckworth, a Democratic U.S. Representative, responded to an inquiry about  Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

"She needed to turn over those emails," Duckworth said. "We needed to make sure that things were more transparent. I do have real concerns."

Incumbent Republican Sen. Mark Kirk commented on Donald Trump’s 1995 tax returns, which were recently leaked to the New York Times.

Republican Mark Kirk has repeatedly criticized Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth's service as director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs as he fights to keep his U.S. Senate seat.

His latest attacks come in campaign ads that claim there was "shocking abuse" of veterans, manipulated wait lists and retaliation against "whistleblowers" under the Iraq War veteran's watch.

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 The top four Democrats on the ballot in the Quad cities are all women, and they appeared on stage together for the Salute To Labor Picnic in Hampton. 

Hillary Clinton is at the top of the pack and running for president.  Representative Tammy Duckworth seeks a U.S. Senate seat, Representative Cheri Bustos looks to keep her congressional seat, and Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza is running for state comptroller.

Duckworth says Clinton's experience as Secretary of State, U.S. Senator and First Lady have prepared her for the presidency.

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  Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth and Senator Dick Durbin went to Parkland College to discuss education costs.   

Both Democrats  are sponsoring the “In The Red Act.”  This legislation would provide federal funding for two years’ free tuition at community colleges.  Durbin says if passed, the Act would help students, but only if they put in the work.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth is calling U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk “unhinged'' after the Illinois Republican said President Barack Obama was “acting like the drug dealer in chief.''

Duckworth is challenging Kirk for Senate. Kirk criticized Obama last week over a $400 million cash payment the administration made to Iran contingent on the release of American prisoners.

He says the president shouldn't give “clean packs of money to a ... state sponsor of terror.”

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The Illinois Attorney General's office says a settlement in the workplace retaliation lawsuit against Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth is final and the plaintiffs can't back out even if no paperwork was signed.

The two women who sued Duckworth said this week they wanted out of the agreement because they felt the congresswoman was tarnishing their reputations by calling their allegations false.

But Attorney General spokeswoman Maura Possley said Thursday the agreement reached last month with a judge is final.

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  The Trans-Pacific Partnership has the support of the highest-ranking Democrat in the country, President Barack Obama.  But an Illinois Democrat says she's opposed.  

 

 Supporters says the TPP will help American farmers and small businesses by eliminating thousands of taxes on their goods and by opening markets in Pacific Rim nations.  

U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth's campaign says she raised a record $2.7 million in the most recent quarter for her closely watched bid to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk.

The Illinois Democrat enters the contest's final months with $5.5 million cash on hand.

Kirk's campaign hasn't released his fundraising totals for the three-month period that ended June 30.

Democrats see Illinois as one of the party's best opportunities to pick up a seat and potentially retake the Senate in November.

Republican Mark Kirk Says He Won't Support Trump

Jun 7, 2016
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The junior U.S. Senator from Illinois has reached a breaking point in support for his party's presidential candidate.

Kirk said Tuesday that, as the presidential campaign progressed, he was hoping the rhetoric would tone down and reflect a campaign that’s "inclusive, thoughtful and principled."

But he says Trump’s latest statements about a federal judge of Mexican heritage were dead wrong and un-American.

Kirk has said he’d support the party’s nominee.

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A judge in southern Illinois has set an Aug. 15 trial date in a workplace retaliation lawsuit filed against U.S. Senate candidate Tammy Duckworth.

The Democratic congresswoman is challenging Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk in one of November's most competitive Senate races.

Two employees of a home for veterans say Duckworth violated state ethics laws by taking action against them when she was head of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs.

Duckworth's supporters call the case a politically motivated nuisance lawsuit.

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An Illinois judge has tentatively set a trial date well before the November general election in a workplace retaliation lawsuit against Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Tammy Duckworth.

Union County Judge David Boie at a hearing Thursday rejected an effort by government lawyers to dismiss the lawsuit, allowing the case to go to trial in August and remain a campaign issue for Duckworth.

The Illinois congresswoman faces Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk in November. Duckworth did not attend the hearing.

President Barack Obama has officially endorsed Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth for Senate, saying “few people fight as passionately for our veterans.''

    

Obama says in a statement Wednesday that he asked Duckworth to serve in his Veterans Affairs department and that she ``served with purpose and distinction.''

Duckworth is challenging Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk. It's expected to be one of the most competitive races as Democrats try to retake control of the Senate.

The newly chosen Illinois Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, Tammy Duckworth, says she backs President Barack Obama's choice for the U.S. Supreme Court.  She's calling on her opponent to do the same. 

The U.S. Senate's Republican leader says he'll block Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland. 

But Rep. Duckworth says Garland has "impeccable credentials."

Duckworth is campaigning to take Republican Mark Kirk's Senate seat from him. 

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The National Republican Senatorial Committee briefly posted a tweet saying a Democratic candidate from Illinois who lost both legs as an Army helicopter pilot "has a sad record of not standing up" for veterans.

NRSC spokeswoman Andrea Bozek said the tweet Tuesday about U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth was a mistake that was deleted "within minutes."

She then criticized reporters for paying more attention "to a deleted tweet" than other issues.

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Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth says she has a plan to address criminal justice reform in her campaign for U.S. Senate...and a solution for relations between police and people of color. But it's not the main focus for the Democrat. 

            

Duckworth stopped into a local coffee shop in Champaign for a meet and greet, where she answered voter questions.

But despite police killings in Chicago and elsewhere dominating the headlines this week, race relations didn't come up once in the half-an-hour informal Q&A.

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