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Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says while President Trump made the right call to attack the Assad regime last Friday, he suggests the Commander-in-Chief use more precaution moving forward.

Trump last Wednesday tweeted about Russia with a heads-up on a possible U.S. missile attack on Syria. Durbin says the use of social media could have dire consequences.


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Millions of people have fled Syria since the start of the nation’s civil war.  An Illinois-based author fears the West has turned its attention to other concerns…so she’s trying to keep the crisis in the spotlight. Protesters took to the nation’s streets in 2011 to demonstrate against what they called the repressive regime of President Bashar Al-Assad. 

A Chicago-area man is facing terrorism charges after being accused of trying to pay for others to travel to Syria to join Islamic State militants and another group. 

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A republican and democratic member of the Illinois congressional delegation are encouraging a “wait and see” approach to Syria, after last night’s US missile strikes.

The U.S. has taken in nearly 270,000 immigrants and refugees during the past decade from the seven countries affected by President Donald Trump's travel ban.  Federal data shows the greatest number arrived last year. Most go to the most populous states, but they also are spread out around the country.

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Citizens from countries targeted by President Donald Trump’s executive order last week don’t know whether they should travel to the U.S. or not.

Over the weekend, travelers were detained at O'Hare airport.

Duckworth Backs Protection For Civilians In Syria

Aug 22, 2016
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Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth says she supports U.S. efforts to protect civilians in Syria. But the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate says the country can’t do it alone. She wants an international coalition involving allies in the Middle East.

Duckworth says the country can’t turn its back on victims of violence like the 5-year old boy rescued from a partially destroyed apartment building in Aleppo last week – whose brother died from injuries suffered in the same attack.

Human rights groups in Illinois say they'll continue programming for Syrian refugees, despite the governor's calls to suspend accepting them. As of 2010 Illinois has welcomed around 170 Syrian refugees. 

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U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says the U.S. only has so much power over the terrorist group known as the Islamic State. American airstrikes expanded to Syria this week after six weeks of bombings over Iraq, where ISIS has strongholds. But Durbin says it's time for Iraqis to be the boots on the ground in the conflict, so the U.S. Army isn't forced to be.

U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk each say they support limited air strikes over Iraq, to try to deter the Islamic State terrorist organization. But Durbin's expressing reservations.  

Some Illinois Congressmen are having mixed reactions to President Barack Obama’s speech about Syria.

Some Illinois Congressmen are more sure than others when it comes to authorizing a U.S. military strike in Syria. That will be at the top of the agenda when Congress reconvenes Monday. IPR'S Alex Keefe reports.

On the one hand, there are lawmakers like Bill Foster, a Democrat from Naperville. Foster says he’s leaning toward voting yes, but wants to make sure the scope of any U.S. military action isn’t too big.

Dekalb poet writes Syria-inspired poems

Sep 5, 2013

Congress reconvenes next week to debate military action in Syria.  One person who’s closely watching developments is DeKalb poet Susan Azar Porterfield.   In 2003, during a period of peace, Porterfield visited Lebanon, Syria’s neighbor.  There she met a family from Syria, and continues to wonder what happened to them and their small child.  Porterfield wrote a poem about this family called, “By Heart: 

Another Illinois U.S. Senator is reacting to President Barack Obama’s call to attack Syria over its use of chemical weapons.

The Senate’s second highest-ranking Democrat says President Obama made the right call by turning to Congress about a possible military strike in Syria. IPR'S Sean Powers reports.

Senator Dick Durbin says he has NOT made up his mind about whether he would support a military strike against Bashar al- Assad’s regime.