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Thursday, Jun 5, 2014 at 9:58 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Sens. Kirk, Durbin Watched Bergdahl "Proof of Life" Video

Sens. Kirk, Durbin Watched Bergdahl "Proof of Life" Video

After the closed door viewing session for Senators, Kirk and Durbin both say Bergdahl didn't look good. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 3, 2014 at 2:14 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Mark Kirk, Marco Rubio Urge U.S. to Suspend Aid to Palestine

Mark Kirk, Marco Rubio Urge U.S. to Suspend Aid to Palestine

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois is joining forces with Republican colleague Marco Rubio to urge the Obama Administration to suspend aid to Palestine. Read »

Friday, May 30, 2014 at 6:10 PM
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By Phil Rogers

Kirk Calls for Hines VA Investigation

Sen. Mark Kirk held a meeting on Friday with several staffers from the Hines Veterans Affairs Hospital in Maywood, who he said told him disturbing stories. Read »

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 11:01 PM
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By dick johnson

Letter Reveals Hines VA Paid $16.6 Million In Bonuses

Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk sent a letter to the acting inspector general of the Department of Veterans Affairs Wednesday that shows millions of dollars in paid bonuses to suburban Hines VA Hospital staff, and a... Read »

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 at 11:31 AM
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By Associated Press

Kirk Will Campaign For Oberweis in Senate Race

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk says he'll now campaign for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jim Oberweis, weeks after saying he wouldn't actively campaign for the dairy magnate. Read »

Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 12:27 PM
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By Associated Press

Kirk Proposes Bill to Alert Travelers About Passport Checks

Kirk Proposes Bill to Alert Travelers About Passport Checks

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk wants the federal government to alert American air travelers about which airports around the world are failing to routinely check passengers for stolen passports. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 7:13 AM
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By associated press

Kirk Won't Campaign For Oberweis

Kirk Won't Campaign For Oberweis

Kirk tells reporters he's going to be "protecting his relationship" with Durbin and won't launch "into a partisan jihad." Read »

Monday, Mar 10, 2014 at 4:26 PM
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By Colleen Connolly

Kirk Proposes Legislation To End Sex Trafficking

Kirk Proposes Legislation To End Sex Trafficking

The proposed legislation targets advertising site Backpage.com for its "adult services" section. Read »

Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 at 12:47 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Seth Rogen Calls Out Senators For Skipping Testimony

Seth Rogen Calls Out Senators For Skipping Testimony

Seth Rogen took to Twitter to call out U.S. senators who didn't stick around for his testimony on Alzheimer's disease, including Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk, who posed for a photo with the actor but couldn't... Read »

Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014 at 9:23 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Sen. Kirk Delivers $18.5 Million for Anti-Gang Efforts in Illinois

Sen. Kirk Delivers $18.5 Million for Anti-Gang Efforts in Illinois

U.S. Senator Mark Kirk has made good on a promise to bring additional federal resources to Illinois and Chicago to fight gangs. Read »

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Michael Madigan

Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

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Ed Burke has played the stoic counterpart to Mayor Daley's outspoken boss hog since the Mayor took office.

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