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Friday, Jun 14, 2013 at 8:31 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Kirk Said In 2010 He'd Vote Against Immigration Reform

Kirk Said In 2010 He'd Vote Against Immigration Reform

In 2010, Senate candidate Mark Kirk told the Tribune editorial board he wouldn't support granting legal status to undocumented immigrants unless the U.S. increased security on the Mexican border. That's just how... Read »

Tuesday, Jun 11, 2013 at 8:07 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Business Leaders Urge Kirk to Back Immigration

Business Leaders Urge Kirk to Back Immigration

Former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar and local business leaders want Sen. Mark Kirk to get on board with immigration reform. Read »

Friday, Jun 7, 2013 at 7:54 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Dillard Continues 'Tradition' For Bachelor Republicans

Dillard Continues 'Tradition' For Bachelor Republicans

State Sen. Kirk Dillard's suggestion that Illinois needs a "traditional family" in the governor's mansion is seen as an innuendo about state Treasurer Dan Rutherford. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 4, 2013 at 8:01 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Kirk, Rush Discuss Gang Round-Up Plan

Kirk, Rush Discuss Gang Round-Up Plan

Congressional colleagues reiterated their commitment to friendship and bipartisanship Tuesday following a private meeting to discuss the senator's gang member roundup proposal that Rush dismissed as an... Read »

Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 1:59 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Bobby Rush Plays the Race Card

Bobby Rush Plays the Race Card

Rep. Bobby Rush has some racially-charged words for Sen. Mark Kirk’s proposal to mass-arrest member of the Gangster Disciples street gang Read »

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 5:25 PM
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By michelle relerford, phil rogers
      

Illinois Senators Target Gangster Disciples Gang

Bipartisan pair believe plan could involved up to 18,000 arrests. Read »

Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 11:05 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Ill. House Extends Deadline to Consider Gay Marriage Bill

Ill. House Extends Deadline to Consider Gay Marriage Bill

The Illinois House has reportedly extended its deadline one week for considering a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage. Read »

Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 6:57 PM
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By Lisa Balde
      

Zachary Fardon Nominated to Succeed Patrick Fitzgerald

A former federal prosecutor was nominated Thursday for U.S. attorney, succeeding Patrick Fitzgerald, Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk announced. Read »

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 12:40 PM
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By Marcus Riley

Sen. Kirk To Support Pritzker Confirmation

Sen. Kirk To Support Pritzker Confirmation

Commerce Secretary confirmation hearings scheduled for Thursday. Read »

Monday, May 13, 2013 at 4:00 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Kirk Running For Re-election, Says Pat Brady

Kirk Running For Re-election, Says Pat Brady

"We are already planning fundraisers," says the outgoing Illinois Republican Party chairman. Read »

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