Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) (Courtesy of Illinois Radio Network)

Durbin Open to Extending Deadline for Rail Systems to Install Positive Train Control

Congress mandated in 2008 that railways have it installed within seven years, but didn’t provide financial support past the first year. Facing a Dec. 31 deadline, Durbin says he’s open to setting a new target date to let railroads become compliant.


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Number of Ill. Police Departments That Trace Guns On the Rise

The number of Illinois police departments tracing guns has risen from 392 two years ago to 451 now. Last year, 11,500 crime guns in Illinois were traced, and 6,200 have been so far this year.


U.S. Capitol (Credit, Randy Yagi)

How Partisan is Your Member of Congress? New Index Answers

Rodney Davis and Mark Kirk most bipartisan in bi-state. Jason Smith and Dick Durbin most partisan.


U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) meets with Metro-East fire chiefs in Collinsville on May 29, 2015 to discuss railcar safety (KMOX/Brad Choat)

Durbin Touts Railcar Safety Push

As crude oil shipping increases, U.S. senator wants old tank cars replaced sooner rather than later.


Oil Rig, Getty Images, photo by Franz Aberham

Big Oil: Now’s Time To Press Advantage On Fuel Prices

API: Keystone XL would pump 800,000 barrels of oil a day into US.


KMOX/Brett Blume

Durbin Turns Up Heat Over Curfew for East St. Louis Nightclubs

“As long as these clubs are open all night it’s an invitation for more crime”


KMOX/Brett Blume

Cameras, ID Tags Part Of New East St. Louis Public Housing Safety Plan

New “security coordinator” appointed to oversee security effort.


Photo: Getty/Scott Olson

Durbin Pushes Online Sales Tax

Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin took his campaign to allow state governments to collect sales taxes from out-of-state online retailers to a Chicago suburb.


Photo: Getty/Scott Olson

Durbin Calls For Easy-To-Understand Bank Fees Disclosure

Wants them to post one-page summaries on their websites


Durbin food

Durbin Decries Proposed FDA Budget Cuts

Says new law would help prevent and trace the source of outbreaks



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