U.S. Senate

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)

Senator Kirk: ‘Stroke Was A Gift From God’

A day before he returns to Congress, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk said the stroke he suffered last January “was a gift from God,” because of the people he’s met during his rehabilitation, and “the inner faith that I developed.”

CBS 2–01/02/2013

This is the first photo of Sen. Mark Kirk since he suffered a stroke in January. (Credit: Rehabilitation Institute Of Chicago)

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk Returns To Work This Week

It has been nearly a year since U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk suffered a major stroke. This week, Kirk will finally head back to the Senate, and get back to work.


U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (CBS File Photo)

Sen. Mark Kirk To Return To Capitol Hill A Year After Stroke

Nearly a year after a stroke left him barely able to move the left side of his body, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk is expected to climb the 45 steps to the Senate’s front door this week — a walk that’s significant not just for Illinois’ junior senator, but also for medical researchers and hundreds of thousands of stroke patients.


Congressman Joe Walsh

Joe Walsh Opinionated In Final Town Hall Meeting

Joe Walsh hosted his final Town Hall meeting in front of a supportive crowd of 200 in Wauconda.


U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind). (Credit: Office Of Richard Lugar)

Indiana To Get New Look In DC As Lugar Loses Primary

Indiana will get a new look in Washington next year after tea party-favorite Richard Mourdock knocked off six-term incumbent Richard Lugar in the Republican Senate primary and voters in at least three U.S. House districts prepared to elect fresh faces.


U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind). (Credit: Office Of Richard Lugar)

Veteran Senator Richard Lugar Faces Biggest Challenge Of Career

Veteran U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, (R-Ind), is facing the biggest challenge of his long career, trailing in the polls heading into Tuesday’s primary.


U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin

Durbin, Business Leaders Frustrated With Transit Funding Deadlock

Road and mass transit construction projects nationwide could begin grinding to a halt next week unless a deadlock over funding is broken in Congress, and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) is getting impatient.

WBBM Newsradio–03/26/2012

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (CBS File Photo)

Colleague: Kirk Is Recovering Well

There is word that U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) could soon begin casting votes again as he battles back from his stroke.

CBS Chicago–03/14/2012

(Credit: AP)

Kirk Vote Helps Pass Repeal Of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

New Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk has broken with his party to support repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy on gays in the military.


U.S. Capitol Dome

Immigrants Fear Loss Of Opportunity If DREAM Act Fails

A vote on the “DREAM Act” in the U.S. Senate has been put off because Democrats don’t have the votes to get it passed right now.


Mark Kirk takes the Senate oath Monday. (CBS)

Mark Kirk Sworn In As Illinois’ Junior U.S. Senator

The North Shore Republican congressman won a contentious election against Democrat Alexi Giannoulias for President Obama’s old Senate seat.


Mark Kirk

Kirk To Be Sworn In As Senator Monday

Republican Mark Kirk is about to become Illinois’ newest U.S. senator.

CBS Chicago–11/29/2010

Former U.S. Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.) (Credit: Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

Roland Burris Delivers Senate Farewell Speech

Sen. Roland Burris’ appointment by a disgraced governor made him an oddity and something of an outcast in Washington.


Mark Kirk

Kirk Will Miss Part Of Senate’s Lame Duck Session

Republican Mark Kirk won’t join the U.S. Senate in time for the start of the lame duck session, which complicates his pledge to fight any last-minute tax and spending bills.


Mark Kirk and Alexi Giannoulias at the Billy Goat Tavern

Kirk And Giannoulias Meet For A Beer At Billy Goat

Senator-elect Mark Kirk thanked voters as they exited their trains at the Ogilvie Transportation Center.


Illinois U.S. Senate candidates Republican Mark Kirk, left, and Democrat Alexi Giannoulias are seen before a televised debate.  (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Voters Cast Ballot For U.S. Senate

Illinoisans could be up late Tuesday night watching the results of the race to open the U.S. Senate seat once held by President Barack Obama.

CBS Chicago–11/02/2010

Republican Senate candidate Rep. Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Democratic Senate nominee, Illinois talk before their debate on October 19, 2010 (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Poll Shows Kirk With Slight Advantage

A new poll indicates that Republican Mark Kirk has opened up a small lead the U.S. Senate race, but it remains too close to call.


Gov. Pat Quinn (left), state Sen. Bill Brady (credit: AP Photos)

Suburban, Downstate Papers Issue Endorsements

Three suburban and downstate papers have endorsed Mark Kirk for U.S. Senate, while two others are split in their endorsements for governor.

CBS Chicago–10/17/2010

Alexi Giannoulias (left) and Mark Kirk (AP)

Kirk, Giannoulias Hitting Campaign Trail Hard

The two major-party candidates for U.S. Senator from Illinois are hitting the campaign trail hard, and a major stop Monday is the Columbus Day Parade downtown.

CBS Chicago–10/11/2010

President Barack Obama waves from Air Force One upon arrival at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo)

Obama In Chicago To Campaign For Giannoulias

He’s here today to stump for Senate candidate and basketball buddy Alexi Giannoulias.