President Obama’s moves to tighten the reins on the National Security Agency are getting a thumbs-up from his No. 1 fan in Illinois.

“I met with the president last week,” said U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). “There were about 20 of us in the Roosevelt Room – Democrats, Republicans, all across the political spectrum. The president said he was going to modernize this collection of information.”


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“It's a good first start,” said U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Chicago). “I think the FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) courts have to be more transparent and accountable. They need to be part of an adversarial system, but I think it's all part of the recommendations his panel made.”

The president is trying to reassure not only the American public, but other nations’ leaders – such as Germany's chancellor, an eavesdropping subject.

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