| Mar 10, 2015
| 7:05 PM
When U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk suffered a debilitating stroke in 2012, he faced a grueling recovery and serious questions about how he could continue his political career.
Now the Illinois Republican, who won the Senate seat Barack Obama vacated to run for...
| Mar 22, 2015
| 2:24 PM
U.S. Sens. Mark Kirk and John McCain, in Chicago on Sunday for an event at the Ukrainian Cultural Center, reacted diplomatically to news reports that their Republican Senate colleague Ted Cruz was expected to announce a presidential bid.
| Mar 13, 2015
| 1:04 PM
Sitting at the Hilton Orrington in Evanston on March 12, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk had plenty of memories running through his head.
Kirk, a 1977 graduate of New Trier High School, was presented with the Alumni Achievement Award at the New Trier Alumni Hall of...
| Mar 13, 2015
| 9:20 AM
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| Mar 4, 2015
The Mayoral Likability Meter is going haywire.
Some days, Rahm is Mayor Antoinette, telling Chicago to eat cake or bending us to his iron will. Other days, he's Mayor Smiley the Likable.
And that's the problem. From Mayor Tough to Mayor Hugs, it's...
| Mar 3, 2015
| 2:18 PM
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stood before Congress on Tuesday and bluntly warned that an emerging nuclear agreement with Iran "paves Iran's path to the bomb." But President Barack Obama pushed back sternly, saying the U.S. would never sign...
| Feb 12, 2015
| 2:22 PM
Sen. Mark Kirk has $2 million in his war chest as he girds for his 2016 campaign, a race expected to be tough, costly and closely watched around the country.
Four Democratic representatives from Illinois are angling for his job, but none has...
| Jan 23, 2015
| 3:12 AM
Illinois' troubled residential treatment centers for children and teens are drawing the attention of federal authorities after the Tribune documented hundreds of rape and assault allegations and found that state officials kept sending juvenile wards to...
| Feb 3, 2015
| 2:54 PM
State Sen. Daniel Biss appears to be the first Democrat to actively float his name for the 2016 special election for state comptroller.
The Evanston Democrat is known as a policy wonk around the statehouse, but he's also a prodigious fundraiser,...
| Jan 31, 2015
| 7:00 AM
Op-ed writer Frederic Hill ("Netanyahu invitation unwise," Jan. 28) faults House Speaker John Boehner for inviting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to Congress two weeks before Israeli elections. "Democratic nations usually do not interfere in...
| Jan 6, 2015
| 6:37 PM
In the minority after Republican gains in November's elections, Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois was sworn in Tuesday with a temporary gig: filling in for ailing Democratic leader Harry Reid.
Durbin, 70, said the Senate minority leader was "making a...