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Grading Senator Kirk's Lake Michigan Report Card

Henry Henderson | Posted 10.15.2011 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

While we could quibble with some of the letter grades assigned, Senator Kirk deserves much credit for putting together a valuable document that can help stimulate policy discussions about the health of the Great Lakes.

WATCH: Kirk Disses Obama For Vacationing, Not Recalling Congress

Posted 10.11.2011 | Chicago

Illinois Senator Mark Kirk on Wednesday criticized President Obama for not telling Congress to return to Washington to address the nation's debt probl...

Quinn Nabs Giannoulias To Head State Community College Board

Posted 10.10.2011 | Chicago

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn (D) plans to name former state treasurer and one-time U.S. Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias as the new chairman of the I...

Illinois Redistricting: Republican Congressmen Sue Over Dems' Map

Posted 09.26.2011 | Chicago

Following the lead of some of the top Republican members of the Illinois General Assembly, who last week filed suit over the state's redrawn House and...

Joy Resmovits

Arne Duncan Defends Education Funding, Policies To Senate Committee

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 09.26.2011 | Education

WASHINGTON -- A Wednesday hearing on 2012 education spending turned into a skeptical grilling of the Department of Education's wide-ranging and someti...

Former Gov. David Paterson, Others Fight Sub-Minimum Wage For Disabled

Posted 09.25.2011 | Impact

Instead of celebrating the triumphs of the Americans with Disabilities Act, members of the blind community are commemorating its 21st anniversary by p...

GOP Sues Over Dem-Drawn Illinois Map

Posted 09.19.2011 | Chicago

Two of the Illinois General Assembly's most powerful Republican legislators filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday that claims the state's newly drawn cong...

Feds Stop Illinois Medicaid Reforms, Angering Lawmakers

Posted 09.18.2011 | Chicago

A law enacting major reforms to the state of Illinois's Medicaid program hit a stumbling block on Monday, as the federal government announced that two...

Politicians Being Dumb and Dangerous on Israel

James Zogby | Posted 09.01.2011 | World
James Zogby

When it comes to issues involving Israel, politicians in Washington can become quite hysterical, making the dumbest remarks or doing the most illogical things.

In the Public Interest: Needed: Sane Rules About the Privatization of Infrastructure

Phineas Baxandall | Posted 08.28.2011 | Politics
Phineas Baxandall

America's transportation problems are serious enough that we need serious policy that looks out for the public interest, rather than unrealistic solutions to problems that don't exist in the first place.

Matt Sledge

Experts: Proposed Ethics Bills Could Withstand Tests

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 07.09.2011 | Chicago

Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk (R) and Rep. Mike Quigley (D) announced Monday that they are working together to tighten federal ethics laws. Ex-prosecutors s...

Quigley, Kirk Team Up To Sponsor Ethics Legislation

Posted 07.09.2011 | Chicago

Two Illinois legislators from opposite sides of the aisle are teaming up to introduce a pair of bills in Congress, aimed at shoring up what they see a...

Chicago's Gas Prices Highest In U.S.

The Huffington Post/AP | Posted 06.25.2011 | Chicago

Some Chicagoans are heading to the suburbs to fill up their tanks, as gas prices continue to climb in the city limits. According to the latest Lun...

Elise Foley

Republicans Downplay Urgency Of Raising Debt Ceiling

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 06.24.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Failing to raise the nation's debt ceiling would be less damaging than allowing the deficit to continue to swell, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okl...

Al Gore Sex Scandal Changed Mark Kirk's Mind On Cap-And-Trade

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

As a Congressman, Mark Kirk represented a moderate district north of Chicago. The Republican found himself steering a rare middle path, siding with De...

Kirk, Durbin Plot Bipartisan Seating Arrangements For State Of The Union Address

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

When Sen. Mark Kirk was elected, he vowed to reach across the aisle and put aside partisan politics for the sake of the American people. While that wa...

Roland Burris: Lack Of African Americans In Senate Is 'Troubling'

Chicago Sun-Times | Lynn Sweet on November 18, 2010 12:41 PM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

In his farewell speech, Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.), the only African American in the Senate, said it was "troubling" that when he leaves at the end o...

Illinois Pols Weigh In On Bill Daley As Chief Of Staff

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Some Illinois politicians joined the chorus of pundits this week, chiming in on whether they think former Commerce Secretary Bill Daley should be Pres...

Mark Kirk's Mystery Money: Flood Of Cash From Anonymous Outside Donors

Chicago Sun-Times | LYNN SWEET blogs.suntimes.com/Sweet | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

An unprecedented amount of money from outside groups is pouring into the hotly contested Illinois Senate race, most of it to bolster Republican Mark K...

Our Family's Friends, the Illegals

Michael L. Millenson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Michael L. Millenson

Our daughter has been friends for years with kids whose parents are illegal immigrants. If more Americans shared our experience, perhaps the GOP would not have succeeded in filibustering the DREAM Act.

Mr. Independent? Kirk's Votes On Major Bills This Weekend

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

During his race for Illinois Senate, Mark Kirk often touted an appellation given to him by the suburban Daily Herald newspaper: "Mr. Independent." In...

9/11 First Responders Bill Needs Just 1 Vote More

ABC News | MATTHEW JAFFE, JESSICA HOPPER and KEVIN DOLAK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The first responders still suffering health effects more than nine years after the Sept. 11 terror attacks could get a "Christmas miracle" this year, ...

Rep. Berman: Mark Kirk Guilty Of 'Exaggeration' About Role In Iran Business Crackdown

Chicago Sun-Times | Tomahawk Nation | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Did he do it again? Rep. Mark Kirk claims credit for being a driving force behind a bill signed into law this year that requires the president to c...

Kirk Pressured Over Upcoming DADT Repeal Vote

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Newly-minted Senator Mark Kirk is facing pressure from his constituents over his opposition to the proposed repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." The ch...

Kirk Sends Last-Minute Poll On Tax Bill

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Just hours before a vote on the extension of the Bush tax cuts, newly minted Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) sent out an email to supporters asking for the...