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Does he get SAG points?
The St. Louis Business Journal reports that Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, is filming a scene in Chicago on Tuesday for director Steven Soderbergh's movie, "Contagion."
Durbin joked that his appearances on C-SPAN have "prepared me for this historic moment in my life, but I'm still a little nervous. All I can think of is going on too long with the thank-you list in my Oscar acceptance speech."
No word yet on if he gets Screen Actors Guild benefits.
(CNN) - If Rahm Emanuel wants to run for mayor of Chicago–and it's pretty safe to say he wants to–he may have to do it without the endorsement of a big name in Illinois politics.
Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, the state's senior senator, declined to endorse Emanuel for mayor Sunday on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley.
"I have said publicly to Rahm Emanuel, if you want to run, you can't do it from the White House. You need do it from the loop in Chicago," Durbin said, referring to the Windy City's major downtown commercial center.
(CNN) – Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, the second most powerful Democrat in the Senate, said Sunday that his party does not have the votes they need to pass a tax cut extension for families making less than $250,000 a year.
"I can count, and I know you can too," Durbin told CNN's Candy Crowley on State of the Union. "We have 59 Democrats and not a single Republican in the Senate supports our position."
Democrats need 60 votes in the Senate to overcome a Republican filibuster and pass their tax extension legislation.
2 p.m. ET - The Senate's number two Democrat was very candid in a gaggle with a few of us just now that the Senate is likely to adjourn late next week – a week earlier than planned.
"I think we're going to try to get out of here next week if we can," Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill, said.
"Why?" I asked.
(CNN) - Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, was released from University of Chicago Medical Center Friday night after undergoing surgery to have a small tumor removed from his stomach.
"At approximately 7pm last night, Sen. Dick Durbin was discharged from University of Chicago Medical Center where he was recovering after having a small tumor removed." Durbin spokesman Joe Shoemaker said in statement to CNN. "Durbin expects to resume a light schedule in a few days and a full schedule next week."
The senior Illinois Senator underwent surgery Thursday to have a small gastro-intestinal stromal tumor (GIST) removed from his stomach.
According to Durbin's doctors, there was no evidence that the tumor had spread beyond the site from which it was removed.
Washington (CNN)– Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, the Democrats' number two man in the Senate, underwent surgery Thursday to remove a small, potentially cancerous tumor from his stomach, his office announced.
Durbin's doctors said the mass was completely removed during surgery at the University of Chicago Medical Center, and there was no sign of cancer in the senator's stomach or esophagus, according to the statement. A Durbin spokesman said there was "no evidence that the tumor had spread beyond the site from which it was removed."
A full biopsy will be conducted, but his office said "preliminary biopsy results demonstrate a favorable prognosis." According to the statement, doctors said they did not expect further treatment to be needed after his recovery.
Washington (CNN) - The number two Democrat in the Senate, who has close ties to the White House, is urging Rep. Joe Sestak to come clean.
Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin told CNN Tuesday that the Pennsylvania Democrat should fully explain whether Obama administration officials pressed him to drop his Democratic primary challenge to Sen. Arlen Specter in exchange for a job.
Related: CNN's John King on Sestak, the WH
"At some point I thing Congressman Sestak needs to make it clear what happened," Durbin told CNN. Sestak has refused to reveal whom he spoke with at the White House about a job offer.
Sestak made the claim in February when he was still trailing Specter, who had the backing of the White House, in the polls. Sestak captured the Pennsylvania Democratic Senate nomination last week.
Aides to President Obama have acknowledged that conservations took place between White House aides and Sestak during the campaign, but said nothing improper took place. Still, administration officials have also refused to divulge who talked to Sestak.
Washington (CNN) – A day after failing to get the 60 votes needed to end debate on a controversial financial regulations bill, Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois predicted Democrats would get enough votes to do so today when they vote again at 230pm Thursday afternoon.
"There were concerns members had that we were able to allay," Durbin said Thursday. He wouldn't specify which senators who voted against it Wednesday – including Democrats Maria Cantwell, WA, and Russ Feingold, WS, would vote for it today.
Meantime, Sen. Scott Brown, R-Massachusetts, issued a statement Thursday saying he has "received assurances" from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that "the issues related to Massachusetts in the financial reform bill will be fixed before it is signed into law."
The statement stopped short of saying Brown would vote for a cloture motion to end debate on the financial regulations bill and noted he is still working to ensure "these commitments are followed up on prior to today's vote."
Washington (CNN) - Frustrated Democrats plan to go to the Senate floor Friday to seek Republican approval of 53 administration nominees they say are currently blocked by the secret holds placed by GOP senators.
"If there is a legitimate complaint or grievance against any nominee, I think any senator has a right to be heard and appeal to the body for a vote," said Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, the number two Democrat. "But secret holds, I think, have become a reprehensible part of the process here and need to end."
Democrats are especially upset because they think Republicans are getting around a Senate rule adopted three years ago that requires senators to make public their holds once they've had them in place for six legislative days.
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-Rhode Island, called the practice "hold-laundering," which is when senators pass a secret hold off to one another before hitting the six-day trigger for making their names public and thereby keep a hold in place indefinitely.
Republicans don't deny using the method but argue it's allowed by Senate rules which could be changed if Democrats want.
"If they think the rule needs to be tightened up they can offer to change the rule," suggested a GOP leadership aide.