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Sunday, Jul 21, 2013 at 11:19 AM
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By Associated Press

Durbin Introducing Bill to Encourage Gun Tracing

Durbin Introducing Bill to Encourage Gun Tracing

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is introducing legislation to encourage law enforcement to report guns recovered from violent crimes to a national database so they may be traced. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 18, 2013 at 7:35 AM
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By Michael Tarm
      

Chicago's Next US Attorney Faces Urgent Dilemma

Chicago's next U.S. attorney faces a dilemma sprung from the twin evils bedeviling America's third-largest city. Should he zero in on Illinois' deep pool of political corruption with the resolve of his... Read »

Friday, Jun 14, 2013 at 10:31 AM
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By Associated Press

Durbin Asks Nickelodeon To Ban Junk Food Ads

Durbin Asks Nickelodeon To Ban Junk Food Ads

Dick Durbin and three fellow senators say the kids' cable channel has "a special responsibility" to encourage healthy eating and fight childhood obesity. Read »

Monday, Jun 10, 2013 at 11:51 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Dick Durbin, Prince of the Talking Heads

Dick Durbin, Prince of the Talking Heads

Sen. Dick Durbin is the third-most popular guest on morning talk shows since 2010. Read »

Friday, Jun 7, 2013 at 5:14 PM
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By Marcus Riley

Durbin Seeks To Freeze Student Loan Rates

Durbin Seeks To Freeze Student Loan Rates

Student loan rates set to double on July 1. Read »

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 5:25 PM
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By michelle relerford, phil rogers
      

Illinois Senators Target Gangster Disciples Gang

Bipartisan pair believe plan could involved up to 18,000 arrests. Read »

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 10:42 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Why Durbin Is A Favorite in 2014

Why Durbin Is A Favorite in 2014

Every political dope sheet in American lists Sen. Dick Durbin as an overwhelming favorite for re-election. Read »

Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 6:57 PM
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By Lisa Balde
      

Zachary Fardon Nominated to Succeed Patrick Fitzgerald

A former federal prosecutor was nominated Thursday for U.S. attorney, succeeding Patrick Fitzgerald, Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk announced. Read »

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 12:40 PM
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By Marcus Riley

Sen. Kirk To Support Pritzker Confirmation

Sen. Kirk To Support Pritzker Confirmation

Commerce Secretary confirmation hearings scheduled for Thursday. Read »

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 7:08 AM
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By Associated Press
      

Durbin Favors Pritzker as U.S. Secretary of Commerce

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says President Barack Obama's nominee for Secretary of Commerce is an excellent choice to head the federal agency. Read »

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Rod Blagojevich

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

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