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Friday, Sep 19, 2014 at 3:58 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Durbin, Oberweis See Eye to Eye on Obama's ISIS Plan

Durbin, Oberweis See Eye to Eye on Obama's ISIS Plan

Illinois' Dick Durbin, the second-ranking Democrat in the U.S. Senate who was in the minority of senators voting against the Iraq War 12 years ago, says he he had "no choice" but to support President Obama's... Read »

Friday, Sep 12, 2014 at 1:45 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Mark Kirk Name-Drops Michelle Obama as Potential 2016 Challenger

Mark Kirk Name-Drops Michelle Obama as Potential 2016 Challenger

Mark Kirk knows Michelle Obama's not interested in his job, right? This summer the First Lady debunked rumors that she was running for public office in her native Illinois, but Kirk—the Republican junior senator... Read »

Friday, Jul 18, 2014 at 4:45 PM
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By Staff Report

Kirk Calls For Stronger Sanctions Against Russia

Sen. Mark Kirk said he felt "horror" when he heard about the "totally unnecessary shoot-down" of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 2:58 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Kirk Should be Ashamed on Refugee Children Call

Opinion: Kirk Should be Ashamed on Refugee Children Call

Apparently, Illinois Senator Mark Kirk has never heard the phrase “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” Read »

Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 8:28 PM
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By Associated Press

Kirk Demands Background Checks on Immigrant Children

Kirk says he has sent letters to the U.S. ambassadors in to Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador asking whether their embassies have performed criminal background checks. He says the federal government is... Read »

Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014 at 2:34 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Tio Hardiman Announces U.S. Senate Run Against Mark Kirk

Tio Hardiman Announces U.S. Senate Run Against Mark Kirk

It's official: Tio Hardiman will challenge Mark Kirk for U.S. Senate. The Chicago Democrat and former Illinois gubernatorial candidate made his announcement Tuesday afternoon, calling Republican Sen. Kirk... Read »

Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 at 10:31 AM

FLOTUS "Definitely" Not Entering Politics

FLOTUS

First Lady Michelle Obama is officially on the record regarding rumored political plans after she leaves the White House. Read »

Monday, Jun 23, 2014 at 7:26 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Where Dick Durbin, Mark Kirk Stand on Iraq Intervention

Where Dick Durbin, Mark Kirk Stand on Iraq Intervention

Illinois senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk are taking different perspectives on how (or how not) to respond to the bloody civil battle ravaging Iraq. Read »

Monday, Jun 23, 2014 at 3:54 PM
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By Phil Rogers

Sen. Kirk Demands Chinese Stop Flow of Synthetic Pot

Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk publicly called for the Chinese government to do more to stop the drug from entering the U.S. Monday. Read »

Thursday, Jun 5, 2014 at 9:00 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Speculation Builds on Michelle Obama Senate Run

Speculation Builds on Michelle Obama Senate Run

Political wags are beginning to wonder whether Michelle Obama is mulling a run for Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk's seat in 2016. Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

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Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

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Jesse Jackson Jr.

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Rod Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich

Rascally alchemist transmutes disgrace into fame. Celeb Apprentice buffoon, jail time looms.

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

Accidental gov no longer.

Michael Madigan

Michael Madigan

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

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Ed Burke

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