US Senator Dick Durbin speaking Thursday at a news conference at Presence Covenant Medical Center in Urbana.
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July 07, 2017

Durbin Urges President Trump To Take Tough Stance In Meeting With Russia's Putin

Ahead of President Donald Trump’s first meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin, Illinois Senator Dick Durbin is urging the president to take a tough stance on Russia’s meddling in US elections. Durbin is one of five Democratic senators to sign a letter to the president asking him to address findings of U.S intelligence that Russia attempted to interfere in the 2016 elections.

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Jeremy Flynn (left) of the Illinois Health and Hospital Association with U.S. Senator Dick Durbin at a news conference in Urbana.
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July 06, 2017

Durbin Wants 'Medicare For All' Health Program In Long Term, 'Public Option' Now

US Senator Dick Durbin wants to see the United States eventually implement a “Medicare for all” type health care program. The Illinois Democrat acknowledges that isn't likely with Republicans in control of both houses of Congress and the White House, but says a "public option" on current health insurance exchanges could be an interim step.

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In this photo taken Oct. 29, 2013, former House Minority Leader Bob Michel speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington.
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February 17, 2017

Former House Minority Leader Bob Michel Dies at 93

The longest-serving US House minority leader has died. Peoria native and former House Republican Leader Bob Michel died at an Arlington, Virginia Hospital of pneumonia Friday. He was 93. The Illinois lawmaker was first elected in 1956 and spent 38 years in Congress. His skill at seeking compromise with the Democrats was critical in helping Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush pursue their agendas during their presidential terms.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen in Nagato, western Japan, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016.
Toru Hanai/Associated Press
December 29, 2016

Obama Announces Sanctions Against Russia In Response To Cyberattacks

President Obama has imposed sanctions on Russian officials and intelligence services in retaliation for Russia's interference in the U.S. presidential election by hacking American political sites and email accounts. The State Department also has kicked out 35 Russian diplomats from its embassy in Washington and consulate in San Francisco, giving them and their families 72 hours to leave the U.S.

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