U.S. Sen Dick Durbin, D-Ill., is helped onto a boat to view the removal of rock pinnacles on the Mississippi River on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, in Thebes, Ill. Durbin was getting a firsthan

 

              U.S. Sen Dick Durbin, D-Ill., is helped onto a boat to view the removal of rock pinnacles on the Mississippi River on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, in Thebes, Ill. Durbin was getting a firsthan
U.S. Sen Dick Durbin, D-Ill., is helped onto a boat to view the removal of rock pinnacles on the Mississippi River on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, in Thebes, Ill. Durbin was getting a firsthand look at the urgent efforts to clear the Mississippi River bedrock that's crimping shipping. The rock-clearing effort is considered vital in ensuring that stretch of river remains open to barge traffic. (AP Photo/The Southern Illinoisan, Paul Newton)