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.
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.
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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