Richard Joseph Durbin born November 21, is an American attorney and politician serving as the senior United States Senator from Illinois , a seat he was first elected to in He has been the Senate Democratic Whip since , the second-highest position in the Democratic leadership in the U. Durbin was born in East St. Louis, Illinois. Working in state legal counsel throughout the s, he made an unsuccessful run for Lieutenant Governor of Illinois in He was elected to the United States House of Representatives in , representing the Springfield -based 20th congressional district.
As President Obama was trapped in rain trying to pay his respects to America's war dead Monday at a ceremony in Illinois, Vice President Biden spoke at a sunny Arlington National Cemetery to offer words of respect to the fallen and a solemn tribute to troops now fighting to secure America from new enemies. In Elwood, Ill. The president stood under a large umbrella at the podium to ask guests at the event to return to their cars while the storm passed but the president's car ended up leaving the site midday as the rain continued to fall. So I'd ask everybody to very calmly, move back to your cars. I'm going to move back to mine.
Opening this Fisher House in Illinois is a dream in which I feel lucky to play just a small part. There was standing room only at the dedication ceremony, which was held in a large tent in a field directly across from the Fisher House. A group of 40 motorcyclists from the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association CVMA attended the event and stuck around after the ceremony to get autographs from Tammy Duckworth, who received a standing ovation from the crowd following her remarks at the ceremony. They deserve nothing but the best. Sharon Helman, Hines Director agreed.