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Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 10:39 AM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Committee Unanimously Approves Fardon For US Attorney

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday unanimously approved President Barack Obama's nominee to be the next chief federal prosecutor in Chicago. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013 at 10:56 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Durbin Gives Cruz a Break From Talking ... and Talking

Durbin Gives Cruz a Break From Talking ... and Talking

Despite their opposing views, Durbin actually did Cruz a solid by asking him a question and giving his vocal chords a little break. Read »

Monday, Sep 2, 2013 at 6:20 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Durbin Cancels Meeting, Heads to D.C. for Syria Debate

Durbin Cancels Meeting, Heads to D.C. for Syria Debate

The No. 2 Senate Democrat was among the 15 members of Congress briefed last week in a call on the situation. Read »

Friday, Aug 30, 2013 at 2:31 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher
      

Durbin 'Against Boots on the Ground' in Syria

Sen. Dick Durbin said Friday United States involvement in Syria needs to be “carefully thought out” in order to avoid another war. Read »

Friday, Aug 9, 2013 at 6:26 AM
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By Edward McClelland
      

More High Speed Trains for Illinois

The state wins a contract to procure 35 more high-speed locomotives. Could high speed rail make the entire Midwest a suburb of Chicago? Read »

Tuesday, Aug 6, 2013 at 5:46 PM
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By Associated Press
      

Durbin Asks For Federal Oversight of Metra Safety

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is asking federal transportation officials to provide special oversight of Metra as it deals with "serious management and financial challenges." Read »

Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 11:26 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Durbin Tries To Reform Guantanamo Bay

Durbin Tries To Reform Guantanamo Bay

Durbin, a harsh critic of the detainment center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, introduces a bill to make it easier for the president to transfer prisoners from there. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 6:23 AM
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By Edward McClelland

How Dick Durbin Saved the Wooden Bat

How Dick Durbin Saved the Wooden Bat

In 1989, the then-congressman rose to give his most passionate speech ever, against aluminum bats. Read »

Friday, Jul 26, 2013 at 1:29 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Some Guy Is Running Against Dick Durbin

Some Guy Is Running Against Dick Durbin

Doug Truax, a West Point graduate against Downers Grove, has a chance to get 35 percent of the vote against Durbin in 2014. Read »

Monday, Jul 22, 2013 at 1:36 PM
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By Anthony Ponce

Durbin Bill Urges Police to Trace Recovered Guns

Durbin Bill Urges Police to Trace Recovered Guns

If Durbin's proposal passes, law enforcement agencies would not be eligible for any federal grants unless they work to trace 100 percent of the guns they recover at violent crime scenes. Read »

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Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

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