Dick Durbin

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.

With top Illinois officials far apart on a budget deal, parents with children in school should be among those bracing for a possible state shutdown.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says Illinois should restore its five-percent income tax, in order to avoid having to cut Medicaid.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) is backing a bill to raise the federal minimum wage to $12 by 2020 - which is more ambitious than Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposal.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says it’s time for the U.S. to send weapons to Ukraine.


President Obama doesn’t use his veto pen often, but U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) says he’s given Congress ample warning that he’d reject the Keystone pipeline bill.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin isn’t surprised to hear three certain words coming from the governor.

The candidates for U.S. Senate will face off in their first broadcast debate Wednesday night.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) says no to sending U.S. ground troops back to Iraq, but his Republican opponent in the Senate race says they shouldn’t have left in the first place.

Candidates for Governor and U.S. Senate in Illinois spent time talking about their priorities for agriculture Wednesday, as a part of an Illinois Farm Bureau forum.

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says he understands the reasoning behind limited air strikes on Iraq, but says he still has concerns about American involvement there.

In the final days before a month long recess, Congress managed to agree on two big bills.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) says he’ll introduce legislation to deal with the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, which he says is wrong.

Road construction projects in Illinois could be halted due to a stalemate in Congress over the Highway Trust Fund.

Brian Mackey, Illinois Public Radio

US Senator Dick Durbin is calling for an increase in federal spending on medical research.


U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says he'll lead the charge to keep Scott Air Force Base off any list of military bases to be closed.

Russia's invasion and annexation of part of Ukraine has prompted a muted response from America — mainly economic sanctions targeted at Russia's elites.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) has just returned from a visit to Ukraine.

He went with seven other senators on Thursday night. While there, he met with members of the interim government and their head of security. He then came back Sunday morning, and talked about his trip at the Ukrainian Cultural Center in Chicago.

He said the U.S. military will not be sent in, but he said we are offering support to a desperate Ukrainian military.

Gov. Pat Quinn is using the holiday weekend honoring Martin Luther King Jr. to continue pressing for raising Illinois' minimum wage to at least $10.

Cautious optimism is the best way to describe the reaction of U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) to the agreement with Iran.

The U-S Senate's number two Democrat says he hopes the battle to end the partial government shutdown and avert a default paves the way for more bipartisanship.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin has canceled a Tuesday luncheon appearance before Chicago's business and political elite to head to Washington and begin preparing for congressional debate on possible action in Syria.   

U-S Senator Dick Durbin says the way American veterans receive disability claims has "got to change."

Durbin Talks Immigration

Jan 28, 2013

This week a bipartisan working group is expected to introduce its plan to remake the nation's immigration policy.