Washington (CNN) – The Republican who holds Barack Obama's former Senate seat will endorse Mitt Romney on Monday, according to a campaign source.
Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk was elected in 2010, replacing Democrat Roland Burris, who was appointed to the seat by Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
(CNN) - Party lines in the sand deepened Saturday as Democrats and Republicans used their weekly addresses to demonstrate unity over wanting a stronger economy and differences over how to achieve the goal.
Echoing the debate on Capitol Hill, GOP Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois voiced support for extending all of the Bush-era tax cuts, while Vice President Joe Biden said tax cuts should be extended only for middle class Americans, or those making under $250,000 a year.
(CNN) - Republican Rep. Mark Kirk will become Illinois' newest Senator when he's sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden on the Senate floor Monday.
His arrival brings the count in the Senate to 58 Democrats and 42 Republicans, creating another hurdle for Democrats facing a stacked legislative agenda.
(CNN) - As President Obama prepares for a post-election "Slurpee summit," the candidates for his old Senate seat in Illinois followed his previous example with a beer summit of their own.
Senator-elect, Republican Mark Kirk, and vanquished rival, Democrat Alexi Giannoulias, met in downtown Chicago at the famous political staple Billy Goat Tavern.
(CNN) - Republican Rep. Mark Kirk has won the Illinois Senate race, CNN projects, defeating Democratic nominee Alexi Giannoulias for President Barack Obama's seat. Democratic Sen. Roland Burris, who replaced Obama, is retiring. Projections are based on CNN analysis of exit poll data.
(CNN) - Mobster and crook references aside, the Illinois Senate debate between Democrat Alexi Giannoulias and Republican Mark Kirk covered substantive policy issues, from their positions on the bank bailouts to the effectiveness of the stimulus bill.
The war in Afghanistan and the events leading up to the Iraq war were also a key issue in the debate, which was held at the Chicago Club in downtown Chicago.
Washingtn (CNN) - The two candidates vying for President Barack Obama's old Senate seat sat side-by-side and calmly accused each other of lying and other improprieties in a televised debate Sunday.
"We shouldn't be surprised the congressman is lying again," Democrat Alexi Giannoulias said to a claim of fiscal conservatism by his opponent, Republican Rep. Mark Kirk of Illinois.
(CNN) - Eager to prevent an embarrassing loss of his old Senate seat, President Obama is heading to Chicago Thursday for two fundraisers on behalf of Democratic Senate nominee Alexi Giannoulias, and CNN has learned Obama will be returning home yet again in the final days of the midterm election to try and help Giannoulias win a race that could determine who controls the chamber next year.
Two senior Democratic officials told CNN to expect Obama to return to Illinois at least one more time in the final few weeks of the campaign in order to go to bat for Giannoulias, who is locked in a virtual dead heat with Republican nominee Mark Kirk.
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IL 10: Rep. Mark Kirk is running for Senate, leaving an open seat.
Primary: February 2, 2010
Location:North Shore, Chicago
Days until the election: 26
(CNN) - According to prominent political analyst Charlie Cook, this is one of the best shots Democrats have to pick up a seat in the House of Representatives. Incumbent Rep. Mark Kirk (R) is running for Senate in Illinois, leaving an open seat in a left-leaning district. Also a bonus to the Dems, their candidate, Dan Seals, has run for this seat twice before and has a base and solid recognition in the district.
(CNN) – President Barack Obama is helping out the man who's hoping to keep Obama's old Senate seat in Democratic hands.
The president headlines a fundraiser Thursday afternoon in Chicago for Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, the Democratic nominee for Senate. Giannoulias faces off in November against five-term Republican Rep. Mark Kirk, in a race that recent polls indicate is all tied up.
Giannoulias has seen his bid for the Senate rocked by the controversy over his family's bank, which was taken over by federal regulators earlier this year. Prior to his statewide election victory in 2006, Giannoulias worked at his family's Broadway Bank. Republicans have had a field day attacking the Democratic nominee over the bank, including questioning what they call loans to "unsavory characters and convicted felons."
Kirk had his own problems. This spring he apologized for mischaracterizing portions of his 21-year military career, and the Pentagon confirmed that the candidate was counseled by the military twice in the last two years for violating rules that bar members of the armed services from partisan political activities. He also ran into trouble for embellishing his experience as a teacher.