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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 »

Sunday, Jan 5, 2014 at 9:27 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Lawmakers Pursue National Park Status for Pullman

Lawmakers Pursue National Park Status for Pullman

Members of Illinois' congressional delegation are taking the next step to establish a national park in Chicago's historic Pullman neighborhood. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 17, 2013 at 11:48 AM
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By Associated Press

Sen. Kirk Back to Work After Gall Bladder Surgery

Sen. Kirk Back to Work After Gall Bladder Surgery

Senators are considering a bipartisan budget deal. The agreement passed by the House sets spending limits for defense and domestic programs for two years and averts a possible government shutdown in January.... Read »

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