Mark Kirk


Yesterday was the first day of the new congress, and that means Illinois’ Senator Mark Kirk is now in the majority party. Republicans now control both chambers of congress. 

But when laying out his legislative priorities for the year, Kirk strayed from typical conservative talking points. He says his top two goals are banning sewage dumping in the Great Lakes.

"I wanna make sure that we’re protecting the water supply for 8 million Americans with the reverence and protection that it should be getting."

More Comments From Illinois Senators On Air Strikes In Iraq

Aug 11, 2014

Both of Illinois' Senators, Dick Durbin (D) and Mark Kirk (R), spoke out in support of American air strikes targeting ISIS militants in Iraq.

Sen. Durbin has warned against the US getting too involved in Iraq, but sees the importance of the current military operation. "We have many Americans in the city of Irbil. What the president is doing is protecting them and giving the Kurds a chance to fight back against the ISIS onslaught," says Durbin.

VIDEO: Kirk says recovery continues

Aug 6, 2012

U.S. Senator Mark Kirk has released another video message on his website detailing his recovery from a January stroke. In the three minute message, the Illinois Republican says he's still working as much as he can. Kirk says physically he is improving, and so far has been able to climb 145 flights of stairs.  

Watch the video here

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., says he and U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., will seek an even-handed and bipartisan or nonpartisan replacement for outgoing U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald in Chicago.

Durbin said the two senators will appoint a six-member committee to screen applicants for the job.

He says it doesn't matter if the next top prosecutor is from Illinois or from the outside, as Fitzgerald was when he was appointed.

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Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) has released a video showing his progress in recovering from his January stroke. The video is quite candid: it shows Kirk laboring to learn to walk again, with a cane, treadmill, and a harness.