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Illinois lawmakers want answers after BP spill

Illinois lawmakers want answers after BP spill

March 28 (UPI) -- The possibility that Canada's heavier grade of oil may have spilled from BP's Whiting refinery into Lake Michigan is cause for concern, Illinois senators said.
Daniel J. Graeber
Senate invokes cloture on Ukraine aid bill

Senate invokes cloture on Ukraine aid bill

WASHINGTON, March 24 (UPI) -- The Senate voted to invoke cloture on a bill to provide aid to Ukraine and impose sanctions on Russia Monday, 78-17.
Gabrielle Levy
Lawmakers call for military aid to Ukraine

Lawmakers call for military aid to Ukraine

March 24 (UPI) -- Congress is scrambling to piece together an aid package for Ukraine that strikes a balance between protecting interests and avoiding too deep involvement.
Gabrielle Levy
The Issue: Could deal be close on renewing extended unemployment?

The Issue: Could deal be close on renewing extended unemployment?

Could it be? An actual deal in the works to reinstitute the extended unemployment benefits that expired just after Christmas?
MARCELLA S. KREITER, United Press International
Congressional leaders push for limits on solitary confinement

Congressional leaders push for limits on solitary confinement

WASHINGTON, March 10 (UPI) -- Opponents of solitary confinement say the practice hurts of mental health. Others state it is necessary in order to keep prison staff and other inmates safe.
Stephanie Haines and Jane Herman, Medill News Service
Kerry: Ukraine's territorial integrity 'must be restored, respected'

Kerry: Ukraine's territorial integrity 'must be restored, respected'

PARIS, March 5 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Wednesday urged de-escalation of the crisis in Ukraine as diplomatic talks in Paris failed to resolve the situation.
Obama to unveil his budget blueprint for fiscal year 2015

Obama to unveil his budget blueprint for fiscal year 2015

WASHINGTON, March 4 (UPI) -- U.S. President Obama is expected to fill in the blanks about how he wants money spent in the 2015 budget since top-line numbers are in place, one lawmaker said.
Ukraine 'preparing to defend ourselves,' says U.N. Ambassador Sergeyev

Ukraine 'preparing to defend ourselves,' says U.N. Ambassador Sergeyev

KIEV, Ukraine, March 2 (UPI) -- Ukrainian Ambassador to the United Nations Yuriy Sergeyev Sunday said Ukraine is "preparing to defend" itself from Russian aggression.
GOP lawmaker says Obama ignoring Congress

GOP lawmaker says Obama ignoring Congress

WASHINGTON, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- President Obama still needs to scuttle his healthcare reform plan and come up with a new one acceptable to Republicans, a GOP lawmaker said Sunday.

U.S. to accept more Syrian refugees, immigration law exemptions

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Human Rights advocates Wednesday praised the Obama administration's decision to allow more Syrian refugees to resettle in the United States.
British PM David Cameron extends hand to Syrian refugees

British PM David Cameron extends hand to Syrian refugees

LONDON, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- British Prime Minister David Cameron said Wednesday his government would open its doors to the most vulnerable Syrian refugees.

Obama to use executive power 12 times to push agenda

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- President Obama said in his State of the Union address he would use executive power to tackle the U.S. wealth disparity and try to speed the economic recovery.

Industry responds, ready to work with Obama on jobs, economy

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- The non-partisan Campaign to Fix the Debt said Tuesday it was disappointed President Obama didn't prioritize debt reduction in his State of the Union speech.

Report indicates textbook costs on rise

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- An education group said more than half of U.S. college students have skipped buying textbooks due to the cost and said the decision hurt academically.
Monica Lewinsky scandal focus of Rand Paul attack

Monica Lewinsky scandal focus of Rand Paul attack

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Rand Paul tried to give the Democrats a taste of their own medicine by dredging up the Monica Lewinsky scandal on Meet the Press Sunday.
Gabrielle Levy
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Richard Joseph "Dick" Durbin (born November 21, 1944) is the senior United States Senator from Illinois and the Senate Majority Whip, the second highest position in the Democratic Party leadership in the Senate.

Born in East St. Louis, Illinois, he graduated from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and Georgetown University Law Center. Working in state legal counsel throughout the 1970s, he made an unsuccessful run for Lieutenant Governor of Illinois in 1978. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982, representing the Springfield-based 20th congressional district. In 1996 he won election to the U.S. Senate by an unexpected 15-point margin. He has served as Senate Democratic Whip since 2005, and assumed his current title when the Democratic Party obtained a majority in 2007. As a member of the Democratic leadership, he has a record as one of the most liberal members of Congress.

Durbin was born in East St. Louis, Illinois to an Irish-American father, William Durbin, and a Lithuanian-born mother, Ann Kutkin (Lithuanian: Ona KutkaitÄ—). He graduated from Assumption High School in East St. Louis in 1962. During his high school years he worked at a meatpacking plant. He earned a B.S. from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in 1966. He was an intern in the office of Senator Paul Douglas of Illinois during his senior year in college. Durbin earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1969 and was admitted to the Illinois bar later that year.

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