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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Wednesday, Apr 17, 2013 at 1:29 PM
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By Ward Room Stafff

Sen. Kirk Meets With Parents of Newtown Victims

Sen. Kirk Meets With Parents of Newtown Victims

Meeting comes on same day of Senate vote on background checks bill. Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

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

Jesse Jackson Jr.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

After spending much of the past year and a half out of the public eye Triple J is making a comeback!

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.

Ed Burke

Ed Burke

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

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