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  • 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 wttw.com.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Vernon Hills preparing for Vice President Joe Biden’s visit Wednesday Oct 22, 2014 6:49 PM
    The giggling toddlers and energetic dancers who normally would occupy Vernon Hills’ Sullivan Community Center on Wednesday will make way for a political rally featuring Vice President Joe Biden. Biden is coming to the center on Aspen Drive in the afternoon to stump for some fellow Democrats on the Nov. 4 ballot.

     
  • Democrats love seeing minimum wage on the ballot Oct 21, 2014 10:08 AM
    As Democrats across the country make an election-year push to raise the minimum wage, they often point to fast food workers, baristas and others who are struggling to raise families, pay rent or get through school — some on as little as $7.25 per hour. First, though, they are out to help themselves. For getting out the vote, the issue is “a winner with everybody in our state,” said Sen. Dick Durbin, who said he urged party leaders to put it on the ballot.

     
  • Senate hopefuls at odds on minimum wage Oct 17, 2014 5:30 AM
    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin didn't buy any meatballs or bookshelves at Ikea in Schaumburg Thursday but he did tout the retailer's move to a higher minimum wage. His opponent in the November election Jim Oberweis has his own plan for low-paid workers.

     
  • Ebola outbreak sparks finger-pointing in Senate race Oct 16, 2014 6:44 PM
    The Centers for Disease Control officials are learning on the job as the agency confronts cases of the deadly ebola virus in the U.S., U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said Thursday. O'Hare started screening passengers but Durbin said banning flights from west Africa could be counter-productive. His election opponent Sen. Jim Oberweis countered that Durbin and the feds were "asleep at the switch."

     
  • Biden coming to Vernon Hills next week to stump for Schneider Oct 15, 2014 2:13 PM
    Vice President Joe Biden will visit Vernon Hills next week to promote early voting and stump for U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider’s re-election bid. Biden will appear at the Sullivan Community Center on Oct. 22 with Schneider and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin.

     
  • Same-sex marriage ruling shows divisions between Oberweis, Durbin Oct 7, 2014 10:01 AM
    State Sen. Jim Oberweis reacts to a U.S. Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage during a Daily Herald editorial board session. Oberweis is running for U.S. senator against incumbent Dick Durbin, who held the opposite view.

     
  • Hilaire Shioura: Candidate Profile Oct 10, 2014 3:54 PM
    Candidate information for Hilaire Shioura, running for Senate

     
  • Sharon Hansen: Candidate Profile Oct 10, 2014 3:54 PM
    Candidate information for Sharon Hansen, running for Senate

     
  • Jim Oberweis: Candidate Profile Oct 10, 2014 3:52 PM
    Candidate information for Jim Oberweis, running for Senate

     
  • Dick Durbin: Candidate Profile Oct 10, 2014 3:52 PM
    Candidate information for Dick Durbin, running for Senate

     
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