U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk

A sign marks the entrance to the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital on May 30, 2014 in Hines, Illinois. Hines, which is located in suburban Chicago, has been linked to allegations that administrators kept secret waiting lists at Veterans Administration hospitals so hospital executives could collect bonuses linked to meeting standards for rapid treatment. Today, as the scandal continued to grow, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki apologized in public and then resigned from his post. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Hines VA Hospital Director Retiring

Joan Ricard is leaving after nearly 40 years of service in the Department of Veterans Affairs, including two years as director of the hospital. Her resignation comes amid a slew of allegations about poor treatment at veterans’ hospitals across the country — and after the dismissal Monday of four high-ranking VA officials.

10/07/2014

A kit of Naloxone, a heroin antidote that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, is displayed at a press conference about a new community prevention program for heroin overdoses in which New York police officers will carry kits of Naloxone, on May 27, 2014 in New York City. The New York Police Department is being provided 19,500 kits for officers; the program will begin after officers receive training. The Naloxone is administered nasally. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Kirk Urges Prompt FDA Approval Of Nasal Version Of Narcan

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk was pressuring the Food and Drug Administration to quickly approve a nasal spray that can treat heroin overdoses in an emergency.

10/07/2014

Lt. Gen. William C. Mayville Jr. speaks about the Syrian bombing campaign September 23, 2014 in Washington, DC. Mayville talked about the U.S. and Arab air strikes in Syria against the jihadist group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Kirk Wants More Air Strikes On ISIS Targets In Iraq And Syria

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk said the level of bombings seen in Operation Desert Storm would do more damage than the relative handful of missions now underway in Syria and Iraq.

09/26/2014

Waukegan Harbor

EPA Declares “World’s Largest PCB Mess” At Waukegan Harbor Clean

After nearly 30 years of legal wrangling and cleanup efforts, one of the most polluted sites on Lake Michigan has been declared safe.

08/05/2014

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (CBS)

Kirk Seeks Federal Probe Of Disaster Funds From Hurricane Ike

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk has called for a federal investigation of federal disaster relief funds that the Quinn administration used for an anti-violence program already under the microscope for mismanagement of funds.

08/01/2014

Iraqi tribesmen carry their weapons as they gather, volunteering to fight along side the Iraqi security forces against Jihadist militants who have taken over northern Iraqi cities, on June 14, 2014, in the capital Baghdad. Leading Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani urged Iraqis on June 13 to take up arms against Sunni militants marching on Baghdad, as thousands volunteered to bolster the capital's defenses. (Photo credit: ALI AL-SAADI/AFP/Getty Images)

Kirk: Obama “Not Up To This Job” In Violence-Torn Iraq

As extremist militants tightened their grip on northern Iraq, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) said he believes President Barack Obama isn’t up to the task of ending the violence and protecting American interests, and needs to overhaul his national security team.

06/16/2014

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (CBS)

Kirk Seeking Criminal Probe Of VA Scandal

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk said Friday he has evidence the Veterans Administration falsified wait times for patients at VA hospitals, and he said the matter demands criminal investigation.

06/13/2014

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (CBS)

Kirk Wants Hines VA Boss Booted Over Bonuses

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk wants heads to roll at Hines VA Hospital, due to the millions of dollars in bonuses paid out for top executives since 2011, in light of questions about whether patient waiting times were manipulated.

05/23/2014

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (CBS)

Kirk Touts Plan For $300M In Federal Funds For Charter Schools

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Illinois) visited a Bronzeville charter school on Friday to promote legislation pending in Congress to significantly boost federal funding for charter schools.

05/09/2014

Voters cast their ballots in suburban Chicago. (credit: Frank Polich/Getty Images)

Kirk Opposes Rauner Push For Term Limits

Kirk said if people want to fire their elected officials, they can vote them out of office.

04/24/2014

Jim Oberweis, a U.S. Senate candidate, talks with CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine. (CBS)

Kirk Reverses Course, Endorses Oberweis Against Durbin

Seeking to unseat U.S. Sen. Durbin in November, Republican state Sen. Jim Oberweis on Thursday welcomed the belated support of Durbin’s GOP colleague on Capitol Hill, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk.

04/17/2014

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (CBS)

Kirk Promotes Stroke Research Funding, Treatments

The Republican from Highland Park, who suffered a stroke in January 2012, attended a round-table discussion at Northwestern Memorial Hospital with Chicago-area stroke researchers. He emphasized the importance of funding National Institutes of Health research.

04/17/2014

A US government official with the State Department's Passport Services reaches for a new blank US Passport. (PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Kirk Wants U.S. To Publish List Of Airports With Lax Passport Screening

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk has proposed legislation that would require the federal government to tell air travelers which airports don’t adequately check passengers for stolen passports.

04/11/2014

Cleanup crews use vacuum trucks to remove crude oil from Lake Michigan, after a spill from the BP refinery in Whiting, Ind. (Credit: CBS)

Durbin, Kirk Want To Talk To BP Executives About Whiting Oil Spill

“Any unanticipated spill is cause for concern, but given the Whiting refinery’s recent expansion of its operations to double the amount of heavy oil sands being processed, this spill raises questions about the long-term safety and reliability of BP’s new, expanded production at Whiting,” they wrote.

03/28/2014

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Kirk Wants Major Credit Card Hackers To Face 25 Years In Prison

In the wake of the massive theft of information from Target customers, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) has proposed tougher federal penalties for computer hackers who steal credit card numbers.

02/04/2014

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Kelly, Durbin, Kirk Push For National Park Status For Pullman District

Three members of the state’s congressional delegation are teaming up in a bipartisan effort to establish a national park in the historic Pullman neighborhood.

01/24/2014

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Kirk, Indiana Senator Tout Benefits Of Illiana Expressway

The proposed 47-mile tollway would link Interstate 55 in Illinois to Interstate 65 in Indiana.

12/06/2013

Zachary Fardon, a former federal prosecutor, has been nominated to be the U.S. Attorney in Chicago. (Photo supplied to CBS)

Senate Confirms Fardon As Chicago Area’s U.S. Attorney

The U.S. Senate confirmed Zachary Fardon as the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois late Wednesday, filling the vacancy created when Patrick Fitzgerald stepped down, the Sun-Times is reporting.

10/17/2013

The Hotel Florence is part of the landmark Pullman Historic District on Chicago's Far South Side. (Credit: Thinkstock)

Feds Say Pullman Historic District Should Be National Park

Part of Chicago’s historic Pullman neighborhood is a step closer to becoming a national park.

09/10/2013

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk discusses his recovery from a stroke, a day before he returns to work at the U.S. Capitol. Kirk suffered the stroke on Jan. 23, 2012, and underwent extensive rehabilitation before his scheduled return to the Senate on Jan. 3, 2013. (Credit: CBS)

Kirk Wants Feds To Fight Gangs In Chicago

U.S. Senator Mark Kirk is once again shining a spotlight on the problem of street-gang violence.

08/19/2013

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