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Sen. Dick Durbin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Dick Durbin

Congress is currently working on new reform legislation that will make quality health care available and affordable for all Americans. But we know the forces of the status quo will battle us every step of the way.

Quinn Undecided On Gitmo Detainees Coming To Illinois

Chicago Public Radio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

llinois Governor Pat Quinn says he's not ready to say if Guantanamo Bay detainees should be transferred to a downstate prison....

Durbin Wants AG Holder, Arne Duncan To Help Curb Chicago Violence

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) -- Illinois Senator Dick Durbin has asked Attorney General Eric Holder to help lower the youth crime rate in Chicago. Durbin visited wit...

Durbin Sold Stocks Just As Market Plunged | James Rowley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

June 13 (Bloomberg) -- The Senate's No. 2 Democrat, Dick Durbin, sold more than $115,000 worth of stocks and mutual-fund shares as U.S. stock markets ...

Durbin: U.S. Already Paying A "Hidden Tax" On Health Care

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A top Democratic lawmaker says Americans are already paying a "hidden tax" to provide health care for the uninsured. The Illinois ...

Ryan Grim

Dems' Bogeyman Luntz Schooled Reid, Other Dems On Messaging | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Senate Democratic leadership attacked GOP pollster Frank Luntz at its weekly press conference Thursday, mocking Republicans for taking their healt...

Banks Amass Six Million Dollar War Chest To Sway Lawmakers

The Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

On the eve of a major overhaul of the financial system intended to prevent another crisis from erupting, the financial industry has built a more than ...

Burris Adviser: He's Made Durbin A Better Senator

Progress Illinois | Josh Kalven | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

On Ray Hanania's WJJG radio show this morning, Delmarie Cobb, adviser to Sen. Roland Burris, said that she "jokes with Roland that he has made Dick Du...

Arthur Delaney

Consumer Advocates Ramp Up Effort To Ban Payday Lending (VIDEO) | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Center for Responsible Lending has launched a website to bring to light stories of people who say they've been victimized by payday lenders. The s...

Online Lenders Fight Regulation (VIDEO)

David Murdock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Murdock

Payday loan offices were sprouting up in strip malls across America for years before Wall Street collapsed last fall -- quiet evidence that hard times began hitting working families long ago.

Blago Spoke To Durbin About Appointing Lisa Madigan To Senate: AP

AP | MIKE ROBINSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Just two weeks before his arrest on corruption charges, then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich floated a plan to nominate to the U.S. Senate the da...

Ryan Grim

Dem Senators Open To Allowing Innocent Chinese Detainees To Live In U.S. | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Members of Congress from both parties have been climbing over each other lately to be the most forceful opponent of transferring Guantanamo Bay detain...

Durbin: I Won't Support Burris Again (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Illinois' senior Senator Dick Durbin said Wednesday he would not support his embattled colleague Roland Burris for a second term in 2010. On Tuesday ...

Why Do So Many Republicans Hate America?

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

I say that Cheney and Gingrich don't love America because they don't seem to care about American values as they have traditionally been viewed.

Arthur Delaney and Ryan Grim

Neal Wolin, Top Geithner Pick, Joins The March From Wall Street To Treasury | Arthur Delaney and Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As Dick Durbin watched his effort to stave off home foreclosures get slaughtered in the Senate by bank lobbyists earlier this month, he concluded that...

High-Speed Rail: Agreement Reached On Chicago-St. Louis Train Corridor

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Union Pacific Railroad and the state of Illinois announced an agreement Friday to assess what must be done to operate both freight a...

Dems Give Specter Judiciary Subcommittee Chair

AP | LAURIE KELLMAN and KIMBERLY HEFLING | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Republican-turned-Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter gained a Judiciary subcommittee chairmanship but also a potential primary challenge...

Six Steps To Dis-Empowering Wall Street

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mike Lux

It's time for us to declare the big banks politically and morally insolvent, and foreclose on their ownership of DC. The question is how to do it.

Durbin Suggests Chicagoans For Supreme Court Vacancy

WBBM Newsradio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Durbin says there are some outstanding potential choices for the US Supreme Court right here in Chicago. He suggests Federal Judge Anne Williams, who'...

Banks Think They "Own" Congress? Wrong -- We're Taking Congress Back

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

If you think special-interest influence in Congress perverts our public policy, last week saw an outrage that vindicates that belief entirely.

Defeating Homeowners: A Pyrrhic Victory for the Bankers

Ann Pettifor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ann Pettifor

Bankers and their lobbyists on the Hill may be voraciously greedy and anti-democratic, but, ironically, they are not pursuing their own best interests.

Ryan Grim

In Their Own Words: Why Dem Senators Screwed Homeowners | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Only 45 Senate Democrats voted Thursday to oppose the banking industry and pass legislation aimed at stemming foreclosures. The bill would have allowe...

Do They Frankly Own the Place? You Betcha!

Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Blumenthal

The financial sector has been running wild through Washington over the past 11 years -- getting whatever it pleases and blocking whatever it doesn't.

Ryan Grim

Cramdown Vote: Banks Bought Senators On The Cheap | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) introduced legislation in the Senate Thursday which would allow homeowners in bankruptcy to renegotiate -- or cramdown -- mo...

Why Are Bankers Still Being Treated As Beltway Royalty?

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

How do the same banks that have repeatedly come to Washington over the last eight months asking for billions to rescue them from their catastrophic mistakes, somehow still "own the place"?