Durbin met Thursday with authorities in the Chicago area to talk about strategies being used to reduce crime and prevent mass shootings in the city and its suburbs.
He heard from the Chicago Police Department, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, the Illinois State Police and suburban police officers.
Two members of the Illinois congressional delegation got a firsthand look at urgent efforts to clear the Mississippi River bedrock that’s crimping shipping and say they’re closely monitoring the situation on the waterway.
The Illinois Republican was greeted at the foot of the Capitol steps by an open-armed Vice President Joe Biden.
Barge operators along a key stretch of the Mississippi River braced Monday for months of restricted shipping as crews prepared to begin blasting large rock formations that are impeding navigation on the drought-plagued waterway.
U.S. Senator from Illinois announces private gathering with other lawmakers and business leaders on low Mississippi river levels.
A U.S. senator from Illinois says severe weather events are becoming more frequent, and Congress needs to consider how it plans to pay for disasters.
“If we recognize there’s a drought across the entire Midwest, that means they don’t necessarily have the water to release to support the Mississippi River.”
Low water on the river between East St. Louis and Cairo may limit barge traffic, affecting the transportation of grain and coal.
Durbin says while it’s a tragedy for the family of the ex-CIA Director, question must be asked.