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Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin delivered the keynote address Tuesday to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute.

Durbin said Simon had plenty of offers to teach when he retired from the Senate. So, he decided to follow his heart.

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Illinois politicians continue reacting to Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas.

Responses are falling down party lines.

Several of Illinois' Democratic candidates for governor are calling for president’s Trump’s impeachment. But the state’s senior U-S senator, Dick Durbin, isn’t going there — yet. It began last week with a statement from candidate J.B. Pritzker, who says impeachment is necessary to “preserve our democracy.”
That sentiment was echoed by fellow candidates Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar and state Sen. Daniel Biss, from Evanston.

A group of lawmakers is trying to boost the economy in Illinois' southernmost city.

This week, State Senator Dale Fowler, representatives with U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth as well as Congressman Mike Bost's office met with Delta Regional Authority Chairman Chris Masingill to talk about a proposed port terminal project for Cairo.

Illinois U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is putting his heart into attacking the Republican health care bill — literally.

Durbin is citing his own recent cardiac procedure to point out what he and other Democrats say are flaws in the legislation.

Illinois Senator Dick Durbin greeted about 500 central Illinois residents at a town hall meeting in Bloomington Friday with the words, "There was good news from Washington today."

Durbin was referring to the failure of the U.S. House to pass a Republican-backed replacement for the Affordable Care Act.

SIU’s School of Medicine and School of Dental Medicine are working to incorporate more information about opioid use and abuse into their curriculum.

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

On the latest edition of the Politically Speaking podcast, St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies are honored to welcome U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin to the program.

The Illinois Democrat serves as the Senate minority whip, making him the second most powerful member of his party next to the minority leader. He recently won another term in office in the 2014 election cycle.

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At a campaign stop in Carbondale Monday, Illinois 58th District Senate Candidate Sheila Simon talked to a group of mostly SIU students on the importance of voting in the Presidential Election. 

Illinois U-S Senator Dick Durbin is pleading with school administrators to help prevent for-profit colleges from recruiting their students. His comments today came during a statewide meeting of school principals. 

Illinois' senior U.S. senator is considering a run for governor.

Dick Durbin said Thursday at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia that he's focusing on the presidential race, and will make an announcement when the election's over.

Republican Governor Bruce Rauner has already said he plans to run for re-election in two years.

Democrats don't have a single obvious candidate for governor.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-IL, said recent racial killings underscore the need for conversations about race relations and law enforcement, but there are also systemic issues that need more specifically addressed.

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As the Illinois government budget stalemate continues, Democrats are thinking about who might challenge Governor Bruce Rauner … in 2018.

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) is worried the lack of a state budget is putting institutions of higher education throughout Illinois at risk. He said it could be a "disaster" for state universities and private colleges to recruit students with so much uncertainty surrounding their bottom lines.

Illinois' Senior U.S. Senator, and 2nd ranking Democrat in the Senate, is responding to rumors he might run for Governor in 2018. WTTW's Chicago Tonight took at look at the potentials, and talked with Sen. Durbin about his plans.

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Faculty and staff at the SIU School of Law heard Tuesday directly from a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee on the nomination of a new Supreme Court justice.

Democratic Illinois Senator Dick Durbin says Merrick Garland would be a good addition to the court because you can't tell what his politics are.

Three members of Illinois' congressional delegation will accompany President Barack Obama to Cuba this weekend.

Republicans in the U.S. Senate have vowed to block any nominee the president might submit to succeed the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. But Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois says there’s more than enough time to consider who should fill the vacancy.

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Reaction to President Obama's final State of the Union Address from southern Illinois' representatives in Congress fell mainly along party lines.

Consumers may like the ability to shop online and avoid paying state and local sales taxes, and many online retailers may like the competitive advantage the arrangement provides them over “bricks and mortar” businesses across the country, but U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. says the situation has a significant price.

“It’s really not fair to say to that store down the block that’s paying rent and paying property taxes and collecting sales tax (that) we’re going to put them at a disadvantage to their Internet counterparts.”

There have been 45 school shootings in the U.S. this year, but U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says gun control measures are blocked by what he calls a "death grip" by the National Rifle Association.

With a possible federal government shutdown on the horizon, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) said Friday the consequences for his home state would be especially dire if it occurs while Illinois remains without a state budget.

“When we have government shutdown in Washington as we did several years ago, innocent people are going to suffer as a result of it,” Durbin said, standing in front of military planes at Scott Air Force Base. “And we can certainly know the impact it’s going to have on some groups, not the least of which will be federal employees.”

Illinois' junior, Republican Senator Mark Kirk -- opposes the nuclear deal with Iran. But the state's senior U.S. Senator Democrat Dick Durbin, has been key in sheparding it through Congress. That's provided grist for the D.C. rumor mill.

Democrats in the U.S. Senate have enough votes to uphold the Iran nuclear deal, but Illinois Senator Dick Durbin is aiming for a higher goal.

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says the lack of a true government shutdown in Illinois is complicating efforts for the governor and legislative leaders to reach a budget agreement.

The question of whether members of the military should be allowed to arm themselves is getting more attention in the wake of last week's shooting death of five service members in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller reports the morning's news and weather for July 1, 2015.

The office of U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois says he has met with officials in Haiti to discuss the status of U.S. assistance programs more than five years after an earthquake killed thousands.

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