Mark Kirk

Scott Air Force Base
4:50 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Illinois Senators Continue Push To Showcase Scott Air Force Base

U.S. Sens. Mark Kirk and Dick Durbin speak to reporters Tuesday at Scott Air Force Base.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio

The Air Force's top civilian official spent Tuesday morning at Scott Air Force Base with Illinois' political leaders. 

U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk were among the officials who showed Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James around the Metro East military installation. It was the first time James visited the base since being confirmed by the U.S. Senate late last year. Illinois Lt. Gov. Shelia Simon, St. Clair County Board Chairman Mark Kern and Madison County Board Chairman Alan Dunstan were also on hand for James' visit.

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Economy
2:29 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Sen. Kirk Calls On Congress To Extend Fighter Jet Production in St. Louis

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois held a press conference Monday after touring the facility where Boeing builds the Navy's EA-18 G Growler.
Joseph Leahy / St. Louis Public Radio

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) says he will work to extend production of EA-18 G Growlers at Boeing’s defense facility in north St. Louis County.

Kirk, who toured the assembly line and met with company leaders Monday, told reporters he will try to convince Congress to approve and appropriate funds for 22 more of the radar-jamming aircraft.

Building the fighters, he said, supports about 5,000 jobs in the St. Louis area and is critical to the Navy for future conflicts.

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Same-Sex Marriage
11:47 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Illinois' GOP U.S. Sen. Kirk Announces Support Of Same-Sex Marriage

Republican Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois.
(Sean Powers/WILL)

Updated: 3:46 p.m., 5:54 p.m.

Republican Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois has released a statement today in support of same-sex marriage.

On his website, Kirk says "life comes down to who you love and who loves you back:"

When I climbed the Capitol steps in January, I promised myself that I would return to the Senate with an open mind and greater respect for others.

 

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Illinois
9:36 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Durbin, Kirk Introduce Anti-Gun Trafficking Legislation

Credit (via Wikimedia Commons)

Illinois' two U.S. senators - Democrat Dick Durbin and Republican Mark Kirk - say they and other senators will introduce a bill to crack down on gun trafficking and straw purchasing.
 

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Mark Kirk
1:32 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

After Suffering Major Stroke, Sen. Kirk To Return To Work Jan. 3

U.S. Sen. for Ill. Mark Kirk.
(via Wikimedia Commons/United States Senate)

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk will return to work in Washington on Jan. 3, a year after suffering a major stroke that required months of intense rehabilitation.

Kirk has indicated previously that he'd return to work next month but hadn't specified a date. The Republican's spokeswoman, Erin Athas, confirmed the date on Thursday. She had no further details.

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Mark Kirk
2:37 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Kirk gives first public message since stroke in video

Illinois Senator Mark Kirk in a video statement released May 8.
(via YouTube/SenatorKirk)

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk has issued his first public remarks since suffering a stroke.

In a video released Tuesday, Kirk says he can't wait to get back to work and is walking again. The 52-year-old senator suffered a major stroke in January and underwent emergency surgery. He entered a rehabilitation center in February and was discharged last week.

Here's that video statement:

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Mark Kirk
4:15 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Ill. Sen. Kirk's doctor happy with stroke recovery

Senator Mark Kirk (R-Illinois).
(via Wikimedia Commons/United States Senate)

Mark Kirk's doctor says he is pleased with the Illinois senator's progress in recovering from a stroke in January.

Dr. Richard Harvey said Friday that Kirk continues to improve his "mobility for day-to-day activities." He adds that Kirk has been meeting regularly with his staff and has been getting visits from close friends and family.

Harvey is the medical director of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago's Center for Stroke Rehabilitation.

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Mark Kirk
2:35 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

Surgeon: Sen. Kirk's condition upgraded to good

Senator Mark Kirk (R-Illinois).
(Sean Powers/WILL)

Doctors say Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk has been upgraded to good condition and is continuing to improve after a major stroke.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital neurosurgeon Richard Fessler says Kirk is visiting with family and watched the Super Bowl.

In a Monday statement, Fessler says Kirk will be able to start rehabilitation soon.

The 52-year-old Republican was in good health when he was stricken last month.

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Morning round-up
9:31 am
Tue January 31, 2012

Morning headlines: Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The dome of the Ill. Capitol.
Flickr/jglazer75

Spring session kicks off today in Illinois

Legislative leaders say budget items are expected to top the agenda in the coming weeks. Those items include the state's troubled pension system and Medicaid costs.

House Deputy Majority leader, Democrat Frank Mautino, says Medicaid reform could end up being more controversial than pensions. Mautino says payment cycles are stretching too long and that cuts have to be made.

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Mark Kirk
1:28 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Sen. Kirk upgraded to fair condition, is talking

Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk is continuing to improve after a major stroke and has been upgraded to fair condition.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital neurosurgeon Richard Fessler says Kirk is alert, talking and responding well to questions.

The Chicago hospital released a statement Monday about Kirk's progress, a little more than a week after he suffered a stroke that's affected his left side.

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