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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Illinois Newsletter for Sunday October 06, 2019 ( 53 items )  

Bustos Statement on EPA's New Ethanol Plan
WASHINGTON, Oct. 4 -- Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) - a member of the House Agriculture Committee - released the following statement as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is set to announce a new ethanol plan to make up for their own actions to undermine the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and our agricultural economy: "I welcome the administration's announced commitment to start fixing their own harmful bi  more

Bustos, Katko Introduce Bipartisan Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Program Act
WASHINGTON, Oct. 1 -- Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Representatives Cheri Bustos (IL-17) and John Katko (NY-24) recently reintroduced the bipartisan Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Program Act. This bill would establish a competitive grant program, run by the Department of Education, for colleges and universities to expand study abroad opportunities for undergraduate students. It is named after the late Illinois Senator, Paul Simon, who encouraged Congress to  more

Chicago, Illinois Student Interns in Durbin's Washington, D.C. Office
WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Chicago, Illinois, native Rasa Kerelis spent this summer interning for U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), working behind the scenes in the Senator's Capitol Hill office as an intern. Each year, close to 50 interns work in Durbin's Washington, D.C. office. "I started my career on Capitol Hill as a college intern for Senator Paul Douglas of Illinois," Durbin said. "I will never forget that day in Februar  more

Congressional Delegation Issues Statement on Their Visit to Ukraine
WASHINGTON, Oct. 4 -- Rep. Tom O'Halleran, D-Arizona, issued the following statement with five representatives - Reps. John Garamendi, D-California, Vicky Hartzler, R-Missouri, John Shimkus, R-Illinois, and Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, and Resident Commissioner Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon, R-Puerto Rico, regarding their visit to Ukraine: "We came to Ukraine to show our strong bipartisan support and to hear how we can help advance the country's Euro-Atlantic integration. We are encouraged by the new gove  more

Duckworth Attends Inaugural Run of Metra Trains at New Fox River Bridge After Helping Secure Project's Federal Funding
ELGIN, Illinois, Oct. 3 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today joined Metra officials for the inaugural run of trains over the new Z-100 Fox River Bridge in Elgin, Illinois. Duckworth has been a long-time supporter of the project, helping Metra secure $14 million in federal funding through the TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grant program, now BUILD (Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage  more

Duckworth Meets With U.S. Army Combat Veteran That Donald Trump Cruelly Deported
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) yesterday met with deported U.S. combat Veteran Miguel Perez, Jr., after he was paroled back into the country following Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker granting him clemency. Senator Duckworth has worked on Miguel Perez's case for nearly two years and was active in efforts to stop the Trump Administration from deporting him in the first place, introducing a private bi  more

Duckworth Speaks at National Clean Energy Week Symposium
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today discussed the importance of clean energy to our nation's economy, national security and environment during the National Clean Energy Week Symposium at the National Press Club. Duckworth, who serves on the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, also highlighted legislation she has introduced to bolster our nation's clean energy while reducing our   more

Duckworth Tours Bunge-SCF Grain Terminal, Highlighting Importance of Illinois Agriculture and Infrastructure
FAIRMONT CITY, Illinois, Oct. 2 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) visited the Bunge-SCF Grain Terminal today to meet with officials and tour the facility, highlighting the importance of Illinois agriculture and infrastructure. The Bunge-SCF Grain facility in Fairmont City, which sits on the Mississippi River, accepts corn, soybeans, wheat and other commodities by truck and rail, and exports the goods via barge. The facili  more

Durbin Marks Anniversary of Chicago HEAL Initiative With Discussion on Career Development, Trauma-Informed Care in Schools
CHICAGO, Illinois, Oct. 2 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: As part of a second day of events to mark the one-year anniversary of the Chicago Hospital Engagement, Action, and Leadership (HEAL) Initiative, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), met with leaders from Northwestern Medicine, Lurie's Children Hospital, and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to discuss how the hospitals are collaborating with CPS to support career development and trauma-informed care for s  more

Durbin Marks Anniversary of Chicago Heal Initiative With Discussion on Workforce Development in Health Care Professions
CHICAGO, Illinois, Oct. 3 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: As part of a third day of events to mark the one-year anniversary of the Chicago Hospital Engagement, Action, and Leadership (HEAL) Initiative, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) met with leaders from Advocate Christ Medical Center to discuss Advocate's Workforce Development Initiative, which provides training and education in health care professions for community members. "Our efforts under the C  more

Durbin Marks One Year Anniversary of Chicago HEAL Initiative, Releases Interim Report
CHICAGO, Illinois, Oct. 1 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: To mark the one year anniversary of the Chicago Hospital Engagement, Action, and Leadership (HEAL) Initiative, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), together with ten Chicago-area hospitals and the Illinois Health and Hospital Association (IHA), today released a one-year interim report on the activities undertaken by the hospitals to improve health and reduce violence in underserved communities across  more

Durbin, Colleagues to JUUL / Altria: Protect Children Over Profits
WASHINGTON, Oct. 1 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Patty Murray (D-WA), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Tom Udall (D-NM), Ed Markey (D-MA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) today sent letters to JUUL Labs' new CEO K.C. Crosthwaite and Altria CEO Howard Willard slamming the companies for their role in fueling the youth vaping epidemic and probing the recent corporat  more

Durbin, Duckworth Celebrate Senate Passage of Bipartisan Hispanic Heritage Month Resolution
WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) continued the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month by co-sponsoring a bipartisan Senate resolution recognizing September 15 through October 15, 2019, as a month to celebrate and honor Hispanic culture in the United States. Led by Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and co-sponsored by 42 other Senators, the resolution was adopted unanimously by the  more

Durbin, Duckworth Democratic Colleagues File Paperwork to Force Senate Vote to Reserve Rule That Rolls Back Pre-Existing Condition Protections
WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Senate Democrats Take Steps Necessary To Protect Americans With Pre-Existing Conditions * * * U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined Senate Democrats, led by Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), in filing paperwork that will force a Senate vote to protect people with pre-existing conditions from yet another attempt by the Trump Administration to gut the Affordable Care Ac  more

Durbin, Duckworth, Colleagues Urge Trump Administration to Protect Health Coverage for People With Pre-Existing Conditions
WASHINGTON, Oct. 3 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Senators' Letter Urges HHS And CMS To Limit "Junk" Health Insurance Plans That Cover Less And Cost More * * * U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) and 37 other Senators in urging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to protect individuals with pre-existing conditio  more

E&C Health Subcommittee Announces Details for Chicago Field Hearing on Public Health Threat of Gun Violence on October 3
WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 -- Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following news release: Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Health Subcommittee Chairwoman Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA) announced details of the Health Subcommittee field hearing this Thursday, October 3, at 9:30 am at Kennedy-King College in Chicago, Illinois on the public health threat of gun violence. Who: Members of the U.S. House of Representatives'   more

Foster, Johnson Introduce Legislation to Keep STEM Graduates in America
WASHINGTON, Oct. 4 -- Rep. Bill Foster, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, Reps. Bill Foster (D-IL) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) introduced the Keep STEM Talent Act to provide lawful permanent resident status for certain advanced Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) degree holders. The bill would allow graduates with advanced STEM degrees to remain in the United States following their graduation and would remove barriers for STEM-educated international  more

GAO Issues Report on Explosive Ordnance Disposal Forces
WASHINGTON, Oct. 1 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on matters related to explosive ordnance disposal capabilities and requirements. The report (GAO-19-698) is titled "Warfighter Support: Actions Needed to Improve Explosive Ordnance Disposal Forces Planning". The report was sent to Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, chairman, Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, chairman, Sen. Richard Dur  more

House Commerce Subcommittee Issues Hearing Memo on Gun Violence Epidemic
WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 -- The House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Health issued the following hearing memorandum: To: Subcommittee on Health Members and Staff Fr: Committee on Energy and Commerce Staff Re: Hearing on "A Public Health Crisis: The Gun Violence Epidemic in America: On Thursday, October 3, at 9:30 a.m. in the Great Hall of Kennedy King College in Chicago, Illinois, the Subcommittee on Health will hold a field hearing entitled, "A Public Health Crisis: The Gun Violence Epidem  more

House Commerce Subcommittee Sets Hearing on Gun Violence Epidemic
WASHINGTON, Oct. 1 -- The House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Health issued the following hearing information: Public Health Crisis: The Gun Violence Epidemic in America at Kennedy King College, Chicago, Illinois at 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 3: Witnesses * Spencer Leak Sr., President and CEO, Leak and Sons Funeral Home * Niva Lubin-Johnson, Immediate Past President, National Medical Association * Norman Kerr, Director of Violence Prevention City of Chicago * Brenda K. Mitchell Mother of Kenne  more

Kelly, Schneider Introduce Legislation to Help Low-Income Seniors Afford Prescription Drugs
WASHINGTON, Oct. 3 -- Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Representatives Robin Kelly (IL-02) and Brad Schneider (IL-10) introduced legislation to help low-income seniors and people with disabilities better afford prescription drugs through Medicare Part D. H.R. 4583, The Medicare Extra Rx HELP (Higher Eligibility Limits in Part D) Act would streamline and expand the Part D Low-Income Subsidy (also known as "Extra Help") to help more Americans access th  more

Lipinski Applauds Saint Xavier University's $3M Department of Education Award
CHICAGO, Illinois, Oct. 3 -- Rep. Daniel Lipinski, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-03) has congratulated Saint Xavier University on the school's $3 million Department of Education award to expand opportunities and educational outcomes to Hispanic students. Saint Xavier University will use the Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Title V Program grant to support its Comprehensive, Aligned Supports for Attainment (CASA) initiative. The school's in  more

Lipinski Statement on Poland's Nomination for Inclusion in the Visa Waiver Program
WASHINGTON, Oct. 4 -- Rep. Daniel Lipinski, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) released the following statement today: * * * "Today's announcement that Poland is being nominated for inclusion in the Visa Waiver Program is fantastic news for Polish-Americans! I've been fighting for years to have Poland rightfully included. Over the years I have helped so many families get through the difficult process of acquiring a visa for a Polish family   more

Quigley, Cartwright, Lofgren Introduce Bill to Increase Transparency in Government
WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 -- Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Representatives Mike Quigley (IL-05), Matt Cartwright (PA-08), and Zoe Lofgren (CA-19) introduced legislation to increase transparency and accountability within the U.S. government. The bill will give the American people greater insight into how the executive branch interprets and implements federal law. Currently, the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) serves as legal advisor to the Pr  more

Quigley, Casten, Tonko Introduce the Preserve Science in Policymaking Act
WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 -- Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Last week, Representatives Mike Quigley (IL-05), Sean Casten (IL-06), and Paul Tonko (NY-20) introduced the Preserve Science in Policymaking Act of 2019. The bill would prevent the President from unilaterally dissolving Federal Advisory Committees - groups of scientists and academics that advise the executive branch on how to make their regulations evidence-based - without the approval of apolitical civil   more

Quigley, Hill Introduce Resolution Condemning Secretary Carson's Transphobic History
WASHINGTON, Oct. 1 -- Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley (IL-05), a Vice Chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus and a founding Member of the Transgender Equality Task Force, and Katie Hill (CA-25), Co-Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, introduced a resolution condemning House and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson for his recent transphobic comments. During a meeting with HUD staff in San Francisco, Carso  more

Rep. Bost Announces Agreement on the Renewable Fuel Standard
WASHINGTON, Oct. 4 -- Rep. Mike Bost, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reached an agreement on the Renewable Fuel Standard. As part of the agreement, the EPA will ensure that at least 15 billion gallons of conventional ethanol is blended into the nation's fuel supply beginning next year. It also includes relief for any Small Refinery   more

Rep. Bustos Announces Federal Funding for Highland Community College
WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 -- Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) - a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee - announced that Highland Community College will receive $30,000 in federal funding. These federal dollars were awarded through the Department of Education's Child Care Access Means Parents in School Program (CCAMPIS), which helps provide campus-based child care services to parents seeking postsecondary educ  more

Rep. Bustos Discusses Health Care Bill at Atlantic Festival
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) participated in The Atlantic Festival where she joined staff writer, Vann R. Newkirk II, on stage as part of a discussion on "Health Equity in America." Specifically, Congresswoman Bustos and Newkirk covered Bustos' Social Determinants Accelerator Act of 2019. This legislation would create a federal grant program to empower states and local governments to tackle persisten  more

Rep. Casten Issues Statement on Sterigenics Decision to Close Willowbrook Facility
DOWNERS GROVE, Illinois, Sept. 30 -- Rep. Sean Casten, D-Illinois, issued the following statement after the Sterigenics announced that it will close the Willowbrook facility: "Illinoisans should have confidence that the air they are breathing is safe. "Unfortunately, the actions of Sterigenics made it impossible for those who live and work in Willowbrook and the surrounding communities to have that peace of mind. "For that reason, I support Sterigenics' decision to close their Willowbrook f  more

Rep. Davis: Arizona Field Hearing Reveals Ballot Harvesting Prohibitions Necessary to Prevent Fraud
PHOENIX, Arizona, Oct. 2 -- Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Illinois, ranking Republican member of the House Administration Committee, issued the following news release: During the Committee on House Administration's Subcommittee on Elections Field Hearing yesterday in Phoenix, Arizona on Voting Rights and Election Administration, Representative Debbie Lesko (R-AZ), who represented Republicans for the hearing, discussed Arizona's current law prohibiting the practice of ballot harvesting. Ballot harvesting  more

Rep. Eshoo Holds Field Hearing in Chicago on Public Health Threat of Gun Violence
CHICAGO, Illinois, Oct. 3 -- Rep. Anna G. Eshoo, D-California, issued the following news release: Today, Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Chairwoman Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA) held the very first bipartisan hearing on gun violence as a public health issue in Chicago, Illinois. To watch Chairwoman Eshoo's opening statement, click HERE (https://youtu.be/iqpUIZnkQWA?t=1183). "We're here to treat American gun violence for what it is - an epidemic, and to treat an epidemic, we must study it, unde  more

Rep. Foster Issues Statement on Sterigenics Decision to Close Willowbrook Facility
WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 -- Rep. Bill Foster, D-Illinois, issued the following statement after the Sterigenics announced it would permanently close its facility in Willowbrook, Illinois: "Sterigenics' decision to permanently close its Willowbrook facility is best for all concerned. "From the beginning, the company's handling of this situation has been insufficiently respectful of the sincere concerns raised by people who live and work in Willowbrook and the surrounding communities. "I will cont  more

Rep. Kelly: Another $1.2 Million in Federal Grants Awarded to Five South Suburban Fire Departments
MATTESON, Illinois, Oct. 2 -- Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Robin Kelly announced today that five additional south suburban fire departments will receive federal grants totaling more than $1.2 million. This is the third round of grants awarded to south suburban fire departments. This latest round brings a total of $3.2 million in federal funds to 19 south suburban fire departments. "These federal funds help fill the budget gaps that so many of   more

Rep. Krishnamoorthi: Subcommittee Urges NIH to Allocate Grant Funding to Research Long-Term Health Effects of E-Cigarettes
WASHINGTON, Oct. 1 -- Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Illinois,chairman of the House Oversight and Reform subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, issued the following news release: Today, Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, sent a letter (https://oversight.house.gov/sites/democrats.oversight.house.gov/files/2019-10-01.RK%20to%20Collins-%20NIH%20re%20Request%20for%20Action.pdf) to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) urging the agency   more

Rep. LaHood Announces Congressional App Challenge for 18th District High School Students
PEORIA, Illinois, Oct. 4 -- Rep. Darin LaHood, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: Congressman Darin LaHood (IL-18) announced today that the Congressional App Challenge is now open for the high school students in Illinois' 18th Congressional District. The goal of the Congressional App Challenge is to inspire, include, and innovate efforts around STEM, coding, and computer science education. "The Congressional App Challenge is an exciting opportunity for central and west-central Ill  more

Rep. LaHood Issues Statement on President Trump's Plan to Uphold Renewable Fuel Standard
PEORIA, Illinois, Oct. 4 -- Rep. Darin LaHood, R-Illinois, issued the following statement after the White House announced President Trump's plan to uphold the Renewable Fuel Standard and bolster Midwest ethanol and biodiesel: "In Illinois, renewable fuels drive demand for our corn and soybean farmers, and the announcement by President Trump's Administration today is a victory for Midwest agriculture and biofuel producers. "This deal ensures that lost gallons from small refinery waivers are acc  more

Rep. Quigley Visits City Hall, Receives His CityKey ID Card
WASHINGTON, Oct. 4 -- Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Rep. Mike Quigley (IL-05) visited City Clerk of Chicago Anna Valencia's City Hall office this week to receive his CityKey card, a city government-issued ID that also functions as a Chicago library card, Ventra card, and discount card for participating organizations and businesses in the Chicago area. The CityKey program was started in 2017 to provide undocumented and homeless Chicagoans a government-issued I  more

Rep. Rush Issues Statement at Subcommittee Hearing on Public Health Crisis
CHICAGO, Illinois, Oct. 4 -- Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Illinois, issued the following remarks at the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Health hearing entitled "A Public Health Crisis: The Gun Violence Epidemic": "I would like to thank Chairwoman Eshoo for convening this important discussion here at Kennedy-King College. Gun violence is a national epidemic, and it undermines the public health and safety of our communities. This epidemic has had painful consequences for far too many families in   more

Rep. Shimkus: Frontier Community College Wins Federal Funding
WASHINGTON, Oct. 3 -- Rep. John Shimkus, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) announced today that Frontier Community College in Fairfield was selected to receive funding from the U.S. Department of Education. The college will receive $449,995 through September 30, 2020 and is expected to receive a total of $2,249,961 over the next five years. "This is wonderful news for Frontier Community College as well as the residents of the IECC Distr  more

Rep. Underwood Issues Statement on Steps to Expand Biofuel Requirements
WASHINGTON, Oct. 4 -- Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Illinois, issued the following statement on the announcement that the Environmental Protection Agency and Agriculture Department are taking steps to expand biofuel requirements and remove barriers to the sale of E15: "Between the unsustainable trade war and extraordinarily tough weather conditions, the agriculture community in Illinois has been struggling to stay afloat amid unprecedented uncertainty. "And in the midst of some extremely hard year  more

Reps. Casten, Shalala, King Introduce the Stop College Closures Act of 2019
DOWNERS GROVE, Illinois, Oct. 4 -- Rep. Sean Casten, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Representatives Sean Casten (IL-06), Donna Shalala (FL-27), and Peter King (NY-02) introduced the Stop College Closures Act of 2019, bipartisan legislation that would require accrediting agencies for institutions of higher education do more to prevent and protect students from falling victim to sudden school closures. "It is nothing short of devastating to students when their college  more

Reps. Casten, Tonko, Quigley Introduce the Preserve Science in Policymaking Act
DOWNERS GROVE, Illinois, Sept. 30 -- Rep. Sean Casten, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Last week, Representatives Sean Casten (IL-06), Paul Tonko (NY-20), and Mike Quigley (IL-05) introduced the Preserve Science in Policymaking Act of 2019. The bill would prevent the President from unilaterally dissolving Federal Advisory Committees - groups of scientists and academics that advise the executive branch on how to make their regulations evidence-based - without the approval of apoli  more

Reps. Davis, Lesko Issue Statement in Advance of Subcommittee on Elections Field Hearing on Voting Rights, Elections Administration
WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 -- Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Illinois, ranking Republican member of the House Administration Committee, issued the following joint statement with Rep. Debbie Lesko, R-Arizona, in advance of the Subcommittee on Elections field hearing on voting rights and elections administration in Phoenix, Arizona: "During the field hearing in Arizona, the Subcommittee on Elections should examine the ways Arizona has worked to protect ballots of its citizens, like the state's prohibition on bal  more

Rush Joins Metra, Local Leaders to Celebrate New Auburn Park Station Project
CHICAGO, Illinois, Sept. 30 -- Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) joined Metra CEO/Executive Director Jim Derwinski, State Sen. Jacqueline Collins, and Cook County Chairman Toni Preckwinkle today to celebrate the upcoming construction of a new Metra station to serve the Auburn Gresham community. "In a city like Chicago, public transportation is an artery that goes to the heart of economic opportunity. This is especially tr  more

Schneider, Kelly Introduce Legislation to Help Low-Income Seniors Afford Prescription Drugs
WASHINGTON, Oct. 3 -- Rep. Bradley Schneider, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Medicare Extra Rx HELP Act would streamline Part D Low-Income Subsidy eligibility * * * Today, U.S. Representatives Brad Schneider (IL-10) and Robin Kelly (IL-02) introduced legislation to help low-income seniors and people with disabilities better afford prescription drugs through Medicare Part D. H.R. 4583, The Medicare Extra Rx HELP (Higher Eligibility Limits in Part D) Act would streamli  more

Sen. Durbin Announces Summer 2019 Recipient Of The Ed Greelegs Scholarship Program
WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced Elizabeth Flores, a college senior from Chicago, was the recipient of the Ed Greelegs Scholarship Program for summer 2019. This scholarship, open to students from Illinois or those studying in Illinois, is an opportunity for the students to receive financial assistance while obtaining a first-hand experience in Senator Durbin's Washington, D.C. office. T  more

Sen. Durbin Issues Statement on Poland's Possible Entry Into Visa Waiver Program
WASHINGTON, Oct. 4 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following statement on the State Department's announcement regarding Poland's entry into the visa waiver program: "For years I have battled in Congress for visa waivers for our Polish visitors. I know so many Polish Americans who simply want their family and friends from Poland to have easier access to visit America. "Now I hope we are finally moving forward. "I look forward to receiving more information about the State De  more

Sen. Durbin: Congressional Leaders File Bipartisan Amicus Brief in Support Of DACA in Supreme Court
WASHINGTON, Oct. 4 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA-19) today led 49 Senators and former Senators and 123 U.S. Representatives and former Representatives in filing a bipartisan amicus brief in the Supreme Court in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The Supreme Court will hear arguments on DACA on November 12, 2019. President Trump terminated the D  more

Senate Entrepreneurship Committee Issues Testimony From Hacha Products
CHICAGO, Illinois, Oct. 3 -- The Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee issued the following testimony by Kimberly A Meek, founder and CEO of Hacha Products, at a field hearing entitled "Barriers to Entry in the Tech Industry for Diverse Entrepreneurs": "Technology startup success rate data are commonly accepted and deceptively simple, but they never tell the whole story. Absolute rates of minority and/or women participation are far lower to begin with in the Tech industry, and of  more

Senate Entrepreneurship Committee Issues Testimony From Northwestern University
CHICAGO, Illinois, Oct. 3 -- The Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee issued the following testimony by Melissa Kaufman, executive director of the Garage at Northwestern University, at a field hearing entitled "Barriers to Entry in the Tech Industry for Diverse Entrepreneurs": "Thank you for the opportunity to share The Garage at Northwestern's perspective on barriers to entry in the tech industry for diverse entrepreneurs. I look forward to sharing with Senator Duckworth how we  more

Senate Entrepreneurship Committee Issues Testimony From NUMiX Materials
CHICAGO, Illinois, Oct. 3 -- The Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee issued the following testimony by Catherine Kollhoff, co-founder and CEO of NUMiX Materials, at a field hearing entitled "Barriers to Entry in the Tech Industry for Diverse Entrepreneurs": "Thank you for the opportunity to testify before the Committee. Thank you for the time, interest in entrepreneurship, and hard work on behalf of the people of Illinois and the United States alike. Starting a new business in   more

Senate Entrepreneurship Committee Issues Testimony From Women's Business Development Center
CHICAGO, Illinois, Oct. 3 -- The Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee issued the following testimony by Emilia DiMenco, president and CEO of the Women's Business Development Center, at a field hearing entitled "Barriers to Entry in the Tech Industry for Diverse Entrepreneurs": "My name is Emilia DiMenco, I am President and CEO of the Women's Business Development Center, the WBDC. The WBDC serves women, minority and veteran business owners in Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa,  more