Capitol Fax.com - Your Illinois News Radar » We’ve heard this all before
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
We’ve heard this all before

Wednesday, Jan 20, 2021

* An Illinoisan was President of the United States for 8 years and Sen. Richard Durbin was in leadership during that period of history as well. The state didn’t really get anything particularly special then, and I’m not holding my breath now, either

Dick Durbin’s position as an experienced leader in the party that is about to take control of what issues will be considered by the U.S. Senate can’t help but benefit Illinois, and his respectful demeanor could bring more civility to Washington, D.C., political observers say. […]

What’s easier to predict, Shaw said, is that Durbin’s stature means Illinois’ needs will receive a high level of attention in Congress. […]

Durbin said he doesn’t want to overstate his role in leadership, but it will definitely benefit Illinois.

“When important decisions are made, Illinois is going to be at the table,” he said. “Sen. Duckworth and I will both make sure of that.”

Your thoughts?

- Posted by Rich Miller        

39 Comments
  1. - Ok - Wednesday, Jan 20, 21 @ 1:13 pm:

    I mean, what will Durbin go out on a limb for? Soybeans?


  2. - Res Melius - Wednesday, Jan 20, 21 @ 1:15 pm:

    Infrastructure may be a good strategy to make the Illinois case. It has worked in the past. Our leadership needs to make the case, especially given our central role in logistics.


  3. - Been There - Wednesday, Jan 20, 21 @ 1:19 pm:

    Well when we drove through Kentucky last fall I did note that their roads were in great shape. So some up high and inside connections could be helpful.


  4. - Three Dimensional Checkers - Wednesday, Jan 20, 21 @ 1:21 pm:

    Probably not. It seems like the days when a local leader could bring home the bacon went out of style with Dan Rostenkowski.


  5. - SSL - Wednesday, Jan 20, 21 @ 1:22 pm:

    It can’t hurt.


  6. - Thomas Paine - Wednesday, Jan 20, 21 @ 1:23 pm:

    Durbin will have more influence on policy.

    The Democrats on the House Appropriations Committee and Transportation Committee will have more influence over money. I believe that includes Quigley, Bustos, Garcia, Underwood and Newman.

    It’s worth noting that Quigley’s district includes O’Hare while Newman has Midway.


  7. - The 647 - Wednesday, Jan 20, 21 @ 1:24 pm:

    I quibble with the idea that Illinois didn’t get anything special during Obama’s term. They created the initial funding source for the Red & Purple Modernization Program and for a time Chicago was the only city applying for that source.


  8. - Rich Miller - Wednesday, Jan 20, 21 @ 1:28 pm:

    ===I quibble ===

    Quibble away but Texas is still spending money from the LBJ administration.


  9. - truthteller - Wednesday, Jan 20, 21 @ 1:29 pm:

    all I know is the former resident in the Whitehouse targeted states like Illinois out of pure spite


  10. - DuPage Saint - Wednesday, Jan 20, 21 @ 1:31 pm:

    Maybe the second time around will be the charm. he is the longest serving do nothing for folks back home senator in Illinois history


  11. - Rutro - Wednesday, Jan 20, 21 @ 1:34 pm:

    At dupage
    That was funny


  12. - City Guy - Wednesday, Jan 20, 21 @ 1:36 pm:

    My impression is since earmarks went away, it is a lot harder to bring home the bacon. I always questioned how much Rostenkowski actually brought to Illinois. I worked on one project that he took credit for that I doubt if he even knew about before the press release was sent out claiming credit. I think Rostenkowski used his power to shape tax laws that helped Chicago business concerns which in turn benefitted Chicago. But the era of big federal dollars for Interstate highways, housing, urban renewal, etc. really preceded him. Please correct me if I’m wrong.

    And back to Durbin, I’m sure the Ethanol industry and corporate farmers are happy.


  13. - Frank talks - Wednesday, Jan 20, 21 @ 1:37 pm:

    Holding my breath


  14. - NIU Grad - Wednesday, Jan 20, 21 @ 1:49 pm:

    I’m sick and tired of subsidizing conservative states that spend all their time complaining about how we do things in our state.


  15. - anon - Wednesday, Jan 20, 21 @ 1:50 pm:

    Maybe with all of our coal, we can use is to more cheaply produce carbon fiber. Other Universities are getting fed dollars for that. Maybe Durbin can finally do something.


  16. - OneMan - Wednesday, Jan 20, 21 @ 1:50 pm:

    That has never struck me as a priority of Durbin, he seems much more interested in the big process vs hooking up the folks at home.


  17. - NotRich - Wednesday, Jan 20, 21 @ 1:54 pm:

    MEH


  18. - dr - Wednesday, Jan 20, 21 @ 1:59 pm:

    He says he is for equity. How about money for lead pipe replacement, Senator?


  19. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jan 20, 21 @ 2:02 pm:

    The “Rostenkowski” stylings of bringing home the bacon has been modest, but if we keep the bar real low, any monies we get with this administration will be a bonus.


  20. - Norseman - Wednesday, Jan 20, 21 @ 2:04 pm:

    Hopeful that Illinois and it’s locals can get some help for lost Covid caused revenue.


  21. - Three Dimensional Checkers - Wednesday, Jan 20, 21 @ 2:05 pm:

    ===Please correct me if I’m wrong.===

    Deep tunnel, Presidential Towers, the Sox, Navy Pier, it is a pretty impressive list. All politicians take credit for stuff they probably did not personally do, but I don’t think anyone can say Rostenkowski did not marshal his power when Chicago needed something.


  22. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jan 20, 21 @ 2:09 pm:

    === I don’t think anyone can say Rostenkowski did not marshal his power when Chicago needed something.===

    Rostenkowski not only brought home tremendous pork, he was the point person for Chicago, not only making sure Chicago got hers, but put Chicago stuff in to push others things through in deals.

    Can we find another Danny? I don’t think it’s Durbin…


  23. - Retired and Still in Illinois - Wednesday, Jan 20, 21 @ 2:09 pm:

    Rumor in Metro east several years ago was Durban ok’d the siting of the NGA facility in St Louis, even though Scott AFB was better site and cheaper, to help dems (Clinton) win Missouri. Lost in both cases. NGA has had all kinds of problems in St Louis. Durbin looked out for the party instead of Illinois. An by the way, Obama was president and I think from Illinois s/


  24. - Six Degrees of Separation - Wednesday, Jan 20, 21 @ 2:20 pm:

    Maybe Durbin will help find some money along the lines of a few hundred million extra to slowly push along Springfield’s rail relocation project. Let’s face it, after COVID, the needs are many just to get back to where we were, let alone doing extra stuff.


  25. - Scarce - Wednesday, Jan 20, 21 @ 2:25 pm:

    Durbin is one of those same old tired white guys who phones in his speeches and hasn’t had an original thought in about the last 20. He is excellent at counting noses and being a political hack for the party. Actually doing the hard work of governing? That is what his staff is for. I know, I’ve seen it up close and personal.


  26. - Techie - Wednesday, Jan 20, 21 @ 2:27 pm:

    Sorry, but Durbin doesn’t seem to be especially helpful for Illinois or the country more broadly. I’d like to see him get a primary challenge next time he runs again, assuming he does.


  27. - Annoin' - Wednesday, Jan 20, 21 @ 2:39 pm:

    Professor Shaw is a nice man and a dreamer

    Many downstaters still waitin’ Durbin to engage on reform of FEMA to get fed funds to smaller cities in big population states after disaster.
    Could someone tell Mr/Ms 3D checkers that presidental towers, Sox Park aka Guarantee Rate Field and Navy Pier got no special fed juices


  28. - Swampy Corn - Wednesday, Jan 20, 21 @ 2:46 pm:

    === Durban ok’d the siting of the NGA facility in St Louis===

    That’s accurate. The STL site has numerous remediation issues that (I believe) they’re still going through. They wanted to shore up a U.S. Senate seat there, which I think Hawley won…. Personally, I feel like Duckworth brings more home to the state. Durbin always sounds like he’s playing to a beltway crowd and resting on his past victories.


  29. - Bruce - Wednesday, Jan 20, 21 @ 2:55 pm:

    Now that MJM is out of the way Senator Durbin can turn on spigot. Right?


  30. - Sayitaintso - Wednesday, Jan 20, 21 @ 2:55 pm:

    Durbin has been like a cloud for Illinois….it looks real, but mostly vapor. He’s been gliding for decades without much effort. A staunch liberal with other peoples money, but a rock ribbed conservative with his own. Keeps getting re-elected time and time again. He’s a master at whatever it is he does.


  31. - Anyone Remember - Wednesday, Jan 20, 21 @ 2:56 pm:

    Been There -
    Try driving in Oklahoma on the non-toll roads. They’re far worse than Illinois. Potholes in concrete city streets big enough for a family of four in the OKC Metro area …


  32. - Downstate - Wednesday, Jan 20, 21 @ 3:26 pm:

    The crowd who says “what has he done for us” are the same folks who thought earmarks made politicians corrupt. You expect them to bring a ton of specific projects to fruition if you do away with all the pork. Best they can do is advocate and supply funding for federal grants.


  33. - Downstate - Wednesday, Jan 20, 21 @ 3:26 pm:

    *You can’t expect them


  34. - Surgevoter - Wednesday, Jan 20, 21 @ 3:54 pm:

    Senator Durbin has been a fierce fighter for our values and for bringing resources to Illinois. He never gets the credit he deserves as evidenced by these posts.
    I am proud of him now and always.


  35. - Arock - Wednesday, Jan 20, 21 @ 3:55 pm:

    “I’m sick and tired of subsidizing conservative states that spend all their time complaining about how we do things in our state.” - That’s how a progressive tax system works nationwide, so if you are going to gripe about that then I expect that you voted against the fair tax in November.


  36. - RNUG - Wednesday, Jan 20, 21 @ 4:13 pm:

    I don’t like Driving for personal reasons, so my take is automatically biased against him.

    My opinion is that, most of the time, he is more interested in playing on the National stage than he is in bringing home the bacon for Illinois or representing the State’s best interests.


  37. - Been There - Wednesday, Jan 20, 21 @ 4:16 pm:

    ==== Been There -
    Try driving in Oklahoma on the non-toll roads. They’re far worse than Illinois. Potholes in concrete city streets big enough for a family of four in the OKC Metro area …====

    That’s because they didn’t have the Senate Majority Leader and the Transportation Secretary from their state.


  38. - Anyone Remember - Wednesday, Jan 20, 21 @ 4:43 pm:

    Been There -
    Maybe if OK’s senior senator did more than bring snowballs onto the US Senate floor to disprove global warming … but you’re right, Kentucky has benefitted from the connections you mentioned.


  39. - Mama - Wednesday, Jan 20, 21 @ 7:04 pm:

    Will Sen. Richard Durbin be able to keep his leadership role?


TrackBack URI

Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* 1,442 new confirmed and probable cases; 33 additional deaths; 1,166 hospitalized; 263 in ICU; 2.2 percent average case positivity rate; 2.8 percent average test positivity rate; 83,115 average daily doses
* CDC report: Masks decrease spread, but on-premises restaurant dining increases it
* Unemployment applications rose nationally last week, fell slightly in Illinois
* Kass (no, not that Kass, the smart one) argues against austerity
* Democrats, business leaders argue for phased approach to full reopening, and they want it to start soon
* Chicago Sun-Times: “Illinois Can’t Sit Back And Wait For The Federal Government To Do The Job.” CEJA Can’t Wait.
* Durbin agreed to back Harris before flipping to Kelly
* *** UPDATED x1 - Local 150 responds, criticizes plaintiffs *** Appellate ruling: Transportation lock box amendment doesn't apply to home rule units
* ALPLM hires first person of color as executive director
* Support The Illinois Healthy Youth Act – SB266
* Open thread
* *** LIVE COVERAGE ***
* Yesterday's stories

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............


Loading


Main Menu
Home
Illinois
YouTube
Pundit rankings
Obama
Subscriber Content
Durbin
Burris
Blagojevich Trial
Advertising
Updated Posts
Polls

Archives
March 2021
February 2021
January 2021
December 2020
November 2020
October 2020
September 2020
August 2020
July 2020
June 2020
May 2020
April 2020
March 2020
February 2020
January 2020
December 2019
November 2019
October 2019
September 2019
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019
December 2018
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005

Syndication

RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0




Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller