| Jul 17, 2013
| 5:29 PM
The Federal Election Commission has determined that U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk's campaign did not violate election law when his then-girlfriend received more than $143,000 for campaign work not listed in financial disclosure forms.
Kirk's ex-wife, Kimberly...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 8:28 AM
WASHINGTON — Illinois' two senators took opposing sides today as a measure to extend unemployment insurance benefits to the long-term unemployed passed a test vote in the Senate.
Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., voted yes and Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill.,...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 3:49 PM
WASHINGTON – Facing congressional demands for more details, the Obama administration Thursday released to lawmakers the nine-page text of world powers’ latest nuclear deal with Iran.
It sent the document, which lays out how the group will...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 2:14 PM
WASHINGTON — Speaking today on behalf of his "fellow broken people," Sen. Mark Kirk, who suffered a stroke in 2012, urged the Senate to ratify a United Nations treaty on the rights of the disabled.
Kirk, who is retired from the Navy Reserve,...
| Nov 6, 2013
After years of fruitless negotiations, the United States may soon face an unfamiliar problem in its long confrontation with Iran: Are we willing to take yes for an answer?
Negotiators are scheduled to meet again in Geneva this week to try to move toward...
| Nov 6, 2013
In the latest example of the profound change in Americans' attitudes toward homosexuality, the Senate is moving toward a vote on a bill that would outlaw job discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. But whether the Employment...
| Nov 8, 2013
| 3:00 AM
WASHINGTON - Ten Republican senators have called on President Obama to fire Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who is overseeing the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and its troubled website.
Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 7:18 PM
WASHINGTON — A bill to extend historic new protections to gays in the workplace won easy Senate approval Thursday, bolstered by rare bipartisan support that illustrated the dramatic shift in the politics around gay rights amid growing public...
| Nov 8, 2013
Re "The answer on Iran? Yes.," Opinion, Nov. 6
Doyle McManus is right that we should be willing to take "yes" for an answer when it comes to negotiating with Iran.
Members of Congress such as Sens. Mark Steven Kirk (R-Ill.) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J....
| Nov 20, 2013
| 4:26 PM
GENEVA — International negotiations aimed at limiting Iran's disputed nuclear program resumed Wednesday, with U.S. officials insisting they would take the time necessary to reach the best possible preliminary deal despite mounting pressure for a...
| Nov 23, 2013
| 8:56 PM
WASHINGTON -- President Obama hailed the deal to curtail Iran's nuclear program as “a first step" that "achieves a great deal" in the effort to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.
Months of diplomacy have "opened up a new path toward a...