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  • Duckworth’s Senate bid could mean crowded 8th District race Mar 31, 2015 4:58 AM
    A decision by U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth to run for Senate would vacate her suburban seat in Congress in 2016, sparking what’s likely to be a long, hard look at the seat by candidates of both parties.

  • Duckworth to announce Senate bid Monday Mar 27, 2015 5:58 PM
    U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth of Hoffman Estates will announce a 2016 bid for U.S. Senate Monday, a source said, possibly setting the stage for Democratic primary battle on the path toward a race with Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk of Highland Park.

  • Foster ‘seriously considering’ Senate bid vs. Kirk Mar 17, 2015 1:27 PM
    U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, a Naperville Democrat says he's considering running for Senate in 2016 in a possible challenge against U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk. Kirk, a Highland Park Republican, has left little doubt about his interest in a second term and held a fundraiser Monday.

  • Kirk, Durbin clash over Republicans letter to Iran Mar 10, 2015 7:20 PM
    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk is one of 47 Republicans who signed a letter to Iranian leaders saying a nuclear deal the country works out with President Barack Obama's administration could be reversed someday. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said the letter could "undermine" talks and increase the chances of military action.

  • Joe Walsh eyes challenge to U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk Feb 16, 2015 6:38 PM
    Former one-term Republican Congressman and conservative radio host Joe Walsh says he’s considering a primary challenge to U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk next year. Walsh flirted publicly with a similarr run two years ago before deciding to stick with the radio job.

  • Kirk, Dart announce arrests of 72 ‘johns’ Feb 2, 2015 5:41 PM
    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk and Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart Monday announced the arrest of 72 Illinois people who bought sex. The arrests were made as part of a national sting to curb human trafficking.

  • Obama veto threat targets Kirk plan on Iran Jan 22, 2015 1:01 AM
    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, an Highland Park Republican, said he expects the Senate to move forward with a proposal increasing sanctions on Iran desipte President Barack Obama’s threat in Tuesday’s State of the Union Address to veto it.

  • Reports: Duckworth will consider Senate run Jan 19, 2015 8:13 PM
    U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, a Hoffman Estates Democrat, is weighing a run for U.S. Senate, reports say. If nominated as the Democrat for the 2016 Senate race, Duckworth would be lined up to take on U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, a Highland Park Republican.

  • Half-dozen Kirk staffers move over to Rauner Jan 12, 2015 6:46 PM
    As Republican Bruce Rauner takes over as governor , he’ll have the help of more than a half-dozen top staff who used to work for U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk. Rauner’s chief of staff, Mike Zolnierowicz, worked as the Highland Park Republican’s deputy chief of staff. And three of Rauner’s four deputy chief of staff, as well as his downstate director and spokesman, are alumni of Kirk’s office, too.

  • Republicans in charge of Senate — but 2016 awaits Dec 22, 2014 6:25 AM
    Republicans have the Senate majority now and are set to challenge President Barack Obama and the Democrats on Capitol Hill this January. But a much tougher election map two years from now could force the GOP back into the minority. In November 2016, Republicans will defend 24 seats, Democrats 10. Seven of the GOP seats are in states President Barack Obama won with 50 percent or more of the vote in 2012.

  • Kirk honored at retirement ceremony Dec 15, 2014 5:16 PM
    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk was honored at a Penatgon ceremony Monday celebrating his retirement from the Navy, where he spent more than 20 years in the reserves.

  • Riopell: Kirk says 2016 opponents have ‘quite a hill to climb’ Nov 21, 2014 6:27 AM
    Eyes now turn to the 2016 election, and Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk told Political Editor Mike Riopell he's confident he'll be re-elected. "No way am I going to retire," said Kirk, who'll be in the majority party come January.

  • Local leaders react to Obama’s immigration plan Nov 20, 2014 9:22 PM
    Elected leaders representing the suburbs and state reacted to President Obama's speech Thursday that spares roughly 5 million people in the United States illegally from deportation. Obama's executive order protects those who have been in the country illegally for more than five years and have had children here who are U.S. citizens. Congressional Democrats hailed the president's directive, but Republicans have insisted Obama is overstepping his authority.

  • Durbin re-elected, says race was toughest of his career Nov 5, 2014 12:14 AM
    Dick Durbin won re-election to his U.S. Senate seat but called the campaign the toughest of his career. He held 53 percent of the vote over Republican state Sen. Jim Oberweis and Libertarian Sharon Hansen.

  • Discontented voters hand Senate to Republicans Nov 5, 2014 1:29 AM
    Rising discontent with President Barack Obama produced a Republican-controlled Senate on Tuesday that will join the House in confronting the White House on energy, the environment, health care and other issues for the next two years. The new GOP-led Congress is poised to force Obama repeatedly to choose when to veto, compromise or acquiesce.The half-dozen new GOP senators who will replace Democrats in the South, Midwest and Rockies have one common bond: They ran campaigns focused almost entirely on attacking the president and a governing style they called both overbearing and aloof.

  • Senate control could turn on 2 independents’ moves Oct 30, 2014 9:03 AM
    After millions of Americans vote next week, it’s possible that one or two men will decide which party controls the Senate. One is Sen. Angus King, a Maine independent who generally “caucuses” — or cooperates — with Democrats but says he might switch to the Republicans. The other is Greg Orman of Kansas, an independent candidate trying to oust Republican Sen. Pat Roberts.

  • Durbin, Oberweis see red over environmental issues Oct 29, 2014 9:37 PM
    In their last debate before the election, Sen. Dick Durbin and Republican state Sen. Jim Oberweis didn't pull any punches. Such as on the Keystone oil pipeline: “I generally believe in doing the right thing to bring down energy costs so we’re no longer dependent on Middle Eastern oil,” Oberweis said. “Is it appropriate to say, ‘Hell, no?” asked Durbin. “I’ll just say no.”

  • Viewers invited to tweet during live Senate debate on WTTW Oct 28, 2014 6:26 PM
    The U.S. Senate candidates will debate live at 7 p.m. Wednesday on WTTW Channel 11’s “Chicago Tonight,” in a broadcast that will use Twitter to provide real-time viewer feedback. Democrat Sen. Richard Durbin and his challenger, Republican Jim Oberweis, will face off in their second debate, this one moderated by Phil Ponce before a live studio audience. The debate also will be streamed live at

  • Durbin, Oberweis interested in finding O'Hare noise solutions Oct 22, 2014 5:34 AM
    Can a U.S. senator give folks stressed by O'Hare jet noise relief? Candidates Dick Durbin and Jim Oberweis explain what they could do. And, with limited cash in his war chest, tonight's debate is a big chance for Oberweis to get his message out for free.

  • Oberweis, Durbin go into — and leave — debate swinging Oct 22, 2014 9:29 PM
    Who landed a body blow during a debate Wednesday between Jim Oberweis and Dick Durbin? It was a scrappy exchange between the Senate's No. 2, Durbin, and his Republican challenger Oberweis, a state senator.

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