Mark Kirk

Mark Kirk
12:50 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

Senator to keep seat empty at State of the Union for ailing colleague Kirk

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

A Democratic senator who planned to sit with a Republican for President Barack Obama's State of the Union address says he will keep the seat empty in honor of his ailing colleague.

Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk suffered a stroke this past weekend and underwent surgery Sunday night. He is in intensive care at a Chicago hospital and doctors say he could lose full use of his left arm and experience facial paralysis.

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Mark Kirk
11:55 am
Mon January 23, 2012

Illinois Sen. Kirk suffers stroke

Will be updated.

Updated 12:25 p.m. with more information about Kirk's family's reactions, well-wishes from Ill. Gov. Quinn.

Updated at 1:35 with statements from Sen. Dick Durbin and more information from the doctors.

Relatives of U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk say they're very encouraged by doctors' prognosis after the Illinois Republican underwent surgery following a stroke.

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Kim Jong Il / Dick Durbin / Mark Kirk
4:28 pm
Mon December 19, 2011

Ill. Sens. Durbin, Kirk respond to death of Kim Jong Il

Illinois' two U.S. Senators, Republican Mark Kirk (l) and Democrat Dick Durbin.
(via Wikimedia Commons)

Reporting from WBEZ's Susie An used in this report.

Illinois U.S. Senator Mark Kirk says North Korea faces instability after the death of dictator Kim Jong Il.

Kirk, a Republican, says regardless, the U.S. should attend the funeral of Kim Jong Il if invited by North Korea.

"We should sent a delegation because we should always try to build a new relationship with the regime even though it looks pretty bleak at this point," Kirk said.

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Mark Kirk / Libya
5:05 pm
Thu September 29, 2011

Kirk: U.S. doesn't need to give Libya more aid

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

Reporting from WBEZ's Kate Dries used in this report.

Illinois Senator Mark Kirk says the U.S. doesn't need to give any more aid to Libya.

Speaking to reporters Thursday from Libya, Kirk says the country has enough money to support itself - at least $100 billion seized from former leader Moammar Gadhafi.

"I had my worries that those funds were not being released on time," Kirk said. "But I was reassured by key figures -- the chairman, the prime minister, and the finance minister -- that they have adequate resources for their capacity right now.

Morning News Round-up
9:49 am
Fri August 12, 2011

Morning headlines: Friday, August 12, 2011

The chambers of the Missouri House of Representatives at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Commission charged with redrawing Mo. House districts meets in Jefferson City

A special commission redrawing Missouri's 163 House districts is meeting in Jefferson City with just days to finish its work on a new map. The 18-member bipartisan panel scheduled a working session Friday to draw new boundaries for state House districts to reflect population changes revealed by the latest census. The commission

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Mark Kirk / Stem Cell Law
1:24 pm
Mon June 6, 2011

U.S. Sen. Kirk calls for action on stem cell law

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill.
(Wikimedia Commons/United States Senate)

A Chicago-based scientist says he's grateful to U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk for siding with legislation that backs stem cell research.

Kirk on Monday called for congressional action to codify an executive order on the research issued by President Barack Obama in 2009.

Dr. John Kessler directs a stem cell research institute at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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Mark Kirk / Gas Prices
1:10 pm
Mon April 18, 2011

Senator Kirk proposes ideas to lower gas prices

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill.
(Wikimedia Commons/United States Senate)

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk says exploring natural gas supplies in Illinois and making tax credits for renewable energy permanent could be ways to lower soaring gas prices.

Kirk told reporters Monday that federal officials need to research possibilities for harnessing natural gas from New Albany shale in the Illinois basin.

The Republican also says he'd like to see permits granted more quickly for off shore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and reduce so-called small gasoline monopolies.

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Federal Budget
4:32 pm
Mon April 4, 2011

Illinois' U.S. senators: party leaders trying to avoid government shutdown

Illinois' two U.S. Senators, Republican Mark Kirk (l) and Democrat Dick Durbin.
(via Wikimedia Commons)

Reporting from WBEZ's Tony Arnold used in this report.

Illinois' two U.S. senators are saying party leaders are trying to avoid a government shut down. Lawmakers are facing a Friday deadline to finalize the federal budget.

Illinois' senior U.S. senator, Democrat Dick Durbin, said budget negotiations with House Republicans and Speaker John Boehner are close to wrapping up.

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Libya
2:31 pm
Fri April 1, 2011

Kirk: Provide arms to Libyan rebels

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

Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Luke Runyon used in this report.

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk says Libyan rebels should be given weapons to help them quickly overthrow Moammar Gadhafi's regime.

The Illinois Republican says furnishing weapons will help end the Libyan war and limit costs for the United States and its allies. 

Kirk spoke with reporters Friday. He says the conflict in Libya needs to be finished quickly. 

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Illinois Nuclear Power
4:03 pm
Fri March 25, 2011

Illinois senators question nuclear experts

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-IL

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk says the size of the evacuation zones around the six nuclear power plants in Illinois should be reviewed.

Kirk and fellow U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin held a forum Friday with a panel of four nuclear experts that resembled a congressional hearing to talk about safety in Illinois in the wake of the disaster in Japan.

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