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President Obama makes flying visit to his Chicago home

President Obama makes flying visit to his Chicago home

CHICAGO, May 23 (UPI) --President Obama made a flying visit to Chicago, raising money for Democratic Senate candidates and spending a single night in his Hyde Park home.
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Incumbent Sen. Durbin, D-Ill., to face GOP Jim Oberweis in November

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., March 19 (UPI) -- Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., will face Republican Jim Oberweis in November after Oberweis won a closer-than-expected primary against Doug Truax.
U.S. lawmakers support sanctions against Russia over Crimea invasion

U.S. lawmakers support sanctions against Russia over Crimea invasion

WASHINGTON, March 16 (UPI) -- U.S. officials say the best way to stop Russian President Vladimir Putin from trying to seize more of Ukrainian territory is economic sanctions.

Reid backs Gillibrand on military sex-assault bill

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he backed Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's bill to strip U.S. military commanders' power to pick which sex-assault cases to try.

Missile interceptors scrutinized after latest test failure

WASHINGTON, July 31 (UPI) -- The viability of a system designed to destroy missiles headed for the United States has come under scrutiny after mixed results during testing, officials said.

Senate defense subcommittee approves $594 billion Pentagon bill

WASHINGTON, July 30 (UPI) -- The Senate defense subcommittee approved a $594.4 billion bill Tuesday that keeps Pentagon spending in 2014 at pre-sequestration levels.

Groups seek more accountability in Border Patrol use of force

WASHINGTON, June 11 (UPI) -- Lawmakers, rights groups and families of victims say they want more accountability for the Border Patrol after agents were blamed in the deaths of 15 people.

Senate panel takes on mammoth immigration bill

WASHINGTON, May 9 (UPI) -- A U.S. Senate committee Thursday began the arduous process of marking up proposed legislation overhauling the nation's immigration laws.
Yemeni says drones turning his neighbors into U.S. enemies

Yemeni says drones turning his neighbors into U.S. enemies

WASHINGTON, April 24 (UPI) -- A Yemeni man who spent time in the United States as a high school student warned Congress that drone strikes are making his neighbors anti-American.
The lost fight for gun control

The lost fight for gun control

WASHINGTON, March 3 (UPI) -- As the images of 20 first-graders massacred in Connecticut, of the horrific attack on former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others in Arizona, of the slaughter of movie-goers in Aurora, Colo., and of numerous other mass killings in the United States fade in the national memory, the fervor to restrict access to some types of weapons and magazines appears to be abating.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Correspondent
Politics 2013: Is third time a charm for immigration reform?

Politics 2013: Is third time a charm for immigration reform?

Both President Obama and a bipartisan group of senators say they want to fix the country's immigration system Obama called "out of date and badly broken."
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International
Giffords: 'Too many children are dying. ... We must do something'

Giffords: 'Too many children are dying. ... We must do something'

WASHINGTON, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords told a U.S. Senate panel Wednesday "the time is now" to act on gun violence because "too many children are dying."
Durbin: Hagel has Dems support so far

Durbin: Hagel has Dems support so far

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin said Democrats, so far, indicated they wouldn't oppose ex-Sen. Chuck Hagel's confirmation as defense secretary.

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Senators reveal immigration overhaul plan

Senators reveal immigration overhaul plan

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- A bipartisan group of eight U.S. senators offered a proposal to revamp the country's immigration laws Monday, saying the time is here to begin fixing the system
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Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) (L) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) speak at a press conference on healthcare reform in Washington on July 23, 2009. Sen. Reid said a vote on healthcare would not happen until this fall. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)
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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.

He was the first United States Senator to support the presidential candidacy of Barack Obama, then the junior senator from Illinois.

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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