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GOP Candidate For Obama's Seat Whacked Twice Over Bus Idea | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A simple letter to the editor written by Rep. Mark Kirk last week now has the Illinois Republican Senatorial hopeful in an uncomfortable spat over sti...

Cap'n Kirk Reporting for Duty

Shawn Healy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Shawn Healy

By positioning himself as a centrist removed from the scandalous Blagojevich years, Mark Kirk has a betting chance to wrestle away a Senate seat in a purple state that has trended blue.

Mark Kirk Slammed By Giannoulias, Democrats After Entering Senate Race

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk announced his candidacy for President Obama's former Senate seat Monday and Democrats wasted little time challenging the man consi...

Giannoulias Fundraising Leads Senate Candidates

Chicago Public Radio | Alex Keefe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Giannoulias' exploratory committee has about $1.6 million to spend on the 2010 election, according to papers filed this week with the Federal Election...

Mark Kirk Plans To Announce Senate Run Monday

AP/Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk will finally make his long flirtation with a Senate run official Monday, according to numerous local reports. (See full AP story b...

Barney Frank: Mark Kirk Has 'Senate Envy'

Roll Call | Emily Heil and Elizabeth Brotherton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

As the rest of Capitol Hill was playing the "will he or won't he" game over whether Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) would run for the Senate, one of his colle...

Mark Kirk Denies Report He's Out Of Senate Race, Deciding Over Weekend

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk is denying a report that he has decided not to run for the Senate in part to avoid a primary with the Illinois Republican Party Ch...

Mark Kirk Planning Senate Run As Madigan Opts Out

Crain's Chicago Business | Greg Hinz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

North Shore Congressman Mark Kirk, R-Highland Park, has decided to run for the U.S. Senate, knowledgeable Republican sources are reporting....

Aaron Schock, '80s Music Headline Chicago Young Republicans Party

Huffington Post | Tim Taliaferro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

You are not alone. That was the message for the estimated 700 Chicago Republicans who packed into the Cubby Bear in Wrigleyville Monday night for an ...

Thank You Mark Kirk For a Gutsy Vote

Jimmy Seidita | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Jimmy Seidita

Kirk was the only Republican from the Midwest to vote for the climate bill. Pleased and a little surprised, I looked at his Facebook and got an eyeful of the crapstorm that has been unleashed upon him.

Climate Change Bill: Republican Kirk Votes In Favor, Democrat Foster Against

Progress Illinois | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

[W]hen it came to the Waxman-Markey climate change bill, the real wild cards among the Illinois congressional delegation were Democrat Bill Foster and...

Mark Kirk Still Quiet About 2010 Election Plans

AP/Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The man Illinois Republicans consider their best hope to win a senate seat or the governor's mansion is still not sure what office he'll run for in 20...

25 Years In Prison For Pot? Congressman's Proposal Is Just Plain Dumb

Paul Armentano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Armentano

Facts play virtually no role in political drug policy debate, and ignorance hardly disqualifies someone from holding elected office.

Mark Kirk Targeting Potent Marijuana, Wants Tougher Penalties

Chicago Tribune | Lisa Black | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk will call for legislation Monday that would toughen drug trafficking laws regarding a highly-potent form of marijuana, with penalt...

A Balanced Approach to U.S. Foreign Aid Reform

David Beckmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Beckmann

In a world where poverty anywhere threatens prosperity everywhere, foreign assistance is a vital tool for translating our moral beliefs into practical actions.

Congressmen Press EPA To Investigate BP Pollution

Crain's Chicago Business | Lorene Yue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

More than a dozen federal legislators from both sides of the aisle are calling upon the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to scrutinize pollution p...

Rep. Mark Kirk's Divorce To Be Finalized

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk and his wife, Kimberly Vertolli, are divorcing after eight years, according to a statement issued by his office Friday: Congressm...

Illinois Senate Race: Mark Kirk May Not Run If Lisa Madigan Does

Progress Illinois | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

During the discussion of the 2010 U.S. Senate field on yesterday's edition of Chicago Tonight, anchor Elizabeth Brackett mentioned that she had talked...

GOP 2010 Strategy Relies On Moderate Recruits

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics


Specter: Loyal Opportunists

Paul Jenkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Jenkins

There is little doubt that the country has made a political left-turn, leaving opportunistic moderates from both parties scrambling to find their cherished middle.

GOP's Shrinking Minority Status Causing Top Recruits To Decline Runs?

Mark Nickolas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Nickolas

Tom Ridge is just the latest in a string of prominent Republican recruits to decline runs for the Senate and House next year -- a very ugly dynamic for the GOP.

Mark Kirk Reportedly Wavering On Senate Run

Crain's Chicago Business | Greg Hinz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

After weeks of buzz that the Illinois GOP had found a U.S. Senate champion, congressman Mark Kirk may instead disappoint Republicans who were expectin...

Schakowsky On Senate Bid: 'I Have A Very Broad And Very Devoted Base' (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky appeared confident, if non-committal, about her potential Senate bid during an appearance on "Fox Chicago Sunday." Schakowsk...

Mark Kirk Eyes Senate Run, Republican Strong In New Poll

Politico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Illinois GOP congressman Mark Kirk would start off in solid position at winning in the Illinois Senate race, according to a new statewide poll....

Blank Looks Won't Fix What's Broken

Ahmed Rehab | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Ahmed Rehab

When leaders like Mark Kirk come up with ridiculous evasions about comprehensive immigration reform, it is not because they are stupid. It is because they have no real solutions.