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Sen. Durbin speaks at Paul Simon Institute's 20th anniversary

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CARBONDALE -- Sen. Dick Durbin spoke at SIUC Tuesday night for the 20th anniversary of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute.

Durbin is a long-time friend of Paul Simon, who passed away in 2003. The U.S. senator credits much of his career to Simon. 

“I wouldn’t be in politics today if it weren’t for Paul Simon," Durbin said. "He hired me fresh out of law school, he trained me in public service and he helped me establish some of my basic values."

The speech at SIUC comes after a busy day across southern Illinois. He first stopped in Cairo Tuesday morning to address the town's public housing issues. He also visited the Marion VA's office, where he plans to hold leaders accountable for implementing reforms that help veterans.

Durbin also told News 3 he plans to continue fighting for immigration reform and the DREAM Act.

"My mother was an immigrant, her son is the United States Senator for Illinois, that's my story, that's my family's story, that's America's story," Durbin said.

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