Similarly, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (Ill.), who has been a major backer of the proposal to move detainees to his home state, praised the decision in a joint statement with Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D). This move will have a tremendously positive impact on the local economy creating more than 3,000 jobs and injecting more than $1 billion into the local economy. This is an opportunity to dramatically reduce unemployment, create thousands of good-paying jobs and breathe new economic life into this part of downstate Illinois, the two Democrats said.Jackie Kucinich contributed to this report.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.