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Senator Mark Kirk

Senator Kirk, the World is Looking for Climate Action (and We Are Too)

Henry Henderson | Posted 07.16.2015 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

If the issue is too important to ignore around the world, it is too important to ignore here in America. Perhaps today's constituent email signals that Senator Kirk will better represent the needs of Illinoisans, the Great Lakes and the rest of the world moving forward.

Poll: Duckworth Leads Kirk by 16 Points

David Ormsby | Posted 07.03.2015 | Chicago
David Ormsby

If U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) emerges as the 2016 Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate in Illinois, incumbent Republican Mark Kirk faces an enormous challenge holding onto his seat, a new poll suggests.

Senator Kirk, If You Are Not Addressing Climate Change, You Are Not Addressing the Health of the Great Lakes

Henry Henderson | Posted 06.26.2015 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

Throughout his time in Congress, he has cast himself as a defender of the Great Lakes. But a decisive vote to prevent the EPA from enforcing efforts to cut carbon pollution puts Senator Kirk in the camp of folks trying to kill the most essential tool to safeguard the Lakes over the long-term.

Chicago River Runs Backwards: A Climate Change Reminder for Senator Kirk

Henry Henderson | Posted 06.16.2015 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

A series of storms swept through Chicago, with violent monsoons hitting hard during the evening rush hour. By 6:40 p.m., the Chicago River had had enough. It was filled to the brim as the region's dilapidated combined sewer system funneled much of the rainy onslaught into its banks.

Poll: Cullerton Holds Slight Edge in Race to Succeed Duckworth

David Ormsby | Posted 06.03.2015 | Chicago
David Ormsby

The Democratic contest to succeed U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) has already drawn two announced candidates about whom voters are overwhelmingly undecided, a new survey says.

Poll: Duckworth Zaps Zopp in U.S. Senate Democratic Primary

David Ormsby | Posted 05.22.2015 | Chicago
David Ormsby

On Friday, May 15, the Chicago Sun-Times' Michael Sneed reported that Zopp, who has been recruited by ex-White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley, had decided to run. Apparently, Zopp got her poll results back.

Poll: Jeb Bush Trails Badly Among Illinois GOP Voters

David Ormsby | Posted 04.15.2015 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Whatever "momentum" Bush has among the moneyed crowd is offset by the commanding lead Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has among Illinois Republican primary voters, according to a new poll commissioned by The Illinois Observer's e-newsletter, The Insider.

Iran -- The Giant Step Waiting to Be Made

Neda Najibi | Posted 03.01.2014 | Religion
Neda Najibi

Even 35 years after the Iranian regime assumed power, we see this same scenario: the giant suppressing the ant, select minority religions in Iran. This discrimination must come to an end.

AWW: Illinois Senator Is Pen Pals With An 11-Year-Old Who Suffered A Stroke, Too

AP | KERRY LESTER | Posted 11.18.2013 | Good News

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — After his stroke last year, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk became pen pals with an 11-year-old boy who told the Illinois Republican abo...

Senator Kirk Meet Congressman Rush

Hermene Hartman | Posted 08.02.2013 | Chicago
Hermene Hartman

United States Senator Mark Kirk with Senator Dick Durbin by his side recently called for the US attorney nominee Zachary Fardon to lock up gang member...

Mark Kirk's Condition Improving After Stroke

AP | Posted 03.31.2012 | Politics

CHICAGO — Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk is able to talk and his condition has been upgraded to fair a little more than a week after he suffered a stro...

World Bank Board: Time to Step Up for an Open and Transparent Selection Process for the Next Bank President

Sunil Chacko | Posted 03.11.2012 | Business
Sunil Chacko

The next president of the World Bank ought to be selected carefully and in an open and transparent manner. It is January now and the next president should be selected before June 30 when Robert Zoellick's term ends.

An Open Letter to U.S. Senator Mark Kirk

Kathy Kelly | Posted 08.29.2011 | World
Kathy Kelly

Senator Kirk, we are your constituents. It's not too late for you to acknowledge that your earlier call for military action against us jeopardizes our safety and to reverse your claim which insinuates that we are dangerous people.

The Chicago River Is Broken

Henry Henderson | Posted 08.01.2011 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

Senators and other elected officials have joined the public outcry for cleaning up the waterway and restoring it to meet acceptable standards for public health and safety. But this is not just an icky sewer problem.

Take Action for Safer Schools

Ari Solomon | Posted 05.30.2011 | Education
Ari Solomon

On March 8, Senators Robert Casey (D-PA) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) reintroduced the Safe Schools Improvement Act (SSIA), S. 506.

Democracy for Some

Joshua Hoyt | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Joshua Hoyt

The actions of Senator Kirk, who promised to support Latino families, to block a vote on the DREAM Act mean that the hopes of thousands of young people have been crushed today. This will not be forgotten.

Senator Mark Kirk, World Banker

Sunil Chacko | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sunil Chacko

Senator Mark Kirk, who won President Obama's Senate seat, is the only Senator who has been on the staff of the World Bank Group. In the broadcasted Q...