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President Donald Trump is essentially unopposed in next month’s Republican primary, but Illinois voters still have some important decisions to make.

House Passes Davis' Measure On Tax Cuts

Sep 28, 2018
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The U.S. House passed Tax Reform 2.0 on Friday that includes a resolution (H.R. 6760) from U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis.

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A published report is questioning the accounts Illinois' top U.S. Senate candidates have given about their whereabouts during the Sept. 11 attacks.

The Chicago Tribune reports  Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk has said he was in a meeting with Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld when Rumsfeld learned a second plane had hit the twin towers. But Rumsfeld was in a different meeting when he heard about the second attack.

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U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth's campaign says she raised a record $2.7 million in the most recent quarter for her closely watched bid to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk. 

The Illinois Democrat enters the contest's final months with $5.5 million cash on hand.  Kirk's campaign hasn't released his fundraising totals for the three-month period that ended June 30. 

Democrats see Illinois as one of the party's best opportunities to pick up a seat and potentially retake the Senate in November. 

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An Illinois judge has tentatively set a trial date well before the November general election in a workplace retaliation lawsuit against Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Tammy Duckworth.  

Union County Judge David Boie at a hearing Thursday rejected an effort by government lawyers to dismiss the lawsuit, allowing the case to go to trial in August and remain a campaign issue for Duckworth. The Illinois congresswoman faces Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk in November.

Durbin Calls Out GOP On Garland Snub

Apr 6, 2016

Democratic Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin met with President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee today Wednesday. And he called out Republicans for not granting Judge Merrick Garland’s nomination a hearing.

Durbin said he wants to see Garland on the Supreme Court. He said Republicans - including Illinois Senator Mark Kirk - should put more pressure on Republican leaders to have a vote.

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Three Democratic contenders aiming to replace Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois are pressing him to take a definitive position on who should choose a replacement for late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Zopp Backs Coal

Dec 16, 2015

U.S. Senate candidate Andrea Zopp says something has to be done to fight global warming. But the Democrat opposes President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan.

Zopp, a former prosecutor and businesswoman, says a focus should be on capturing emissions from burning coal. Illinois' coal industry says it will suffocate under the limits imposed by Obama's plan.     

The other Democrats in the primary race, Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth, and state Senator Napoleon Harris, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


The election for U.S. Senate in Illinois is expected to be one of the most competitive contests in the nation next November. Incumbent Republican Mark Kirk has opposition, though it may not be well funded or organized. But, there are significant candidates running on the Democratic party side battling for the right to face Kirk. Andrea Zopp (left)  is making her first central Illinois campaign swing and sat down for this talk with Charlie Schlenker.