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Republican Illinois U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk says President Obama should nominate a replacement for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. 

In a Chicago Sun-Times column posted Monday, Kirk says the constitution gives the president -- Republican or Democrat -- the right to send a nominee to the Senate. He says he swore an oath to uphold the constitution, "not to a party or any one individual.'' 

Kirk says Obama should select someone "who can bridge differences.''

Illinois Ranks High For African-American Voting

Feb 22, 2016
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A recent study ranks Illinois near the top when it comes to African-American voter engagement.  The state was ranked 10th out of 48 states studied by WalletHub a personal finance site.

  The site reached that conclusion by using six metrics to determine each state’s overall standing.

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The debate over whether Canadian-born Ted Cruz is eligible to be president is moving from the campaign trail to the courtroom.

Lawsuits challenging the Texas Republican's eligibility for the ballot have been filed in states including Illinois, New York and Alabama. Fellow GOP candidate Donald Trump also has threatened to sue over the issue.

Cruz and some legal experts say he's eligible because his mother was a U.S. citizen when he was born.

Illinois voters have until 11:59 pm tonight to register online for the 2016 general primary on March 15.

This is the first presidential election in which 17-year-olds in Illinois can register and vote in the primary if they will be 18 by the general election on Nov. 8.

The online voter application form is available on the State Board of Elections registration page.

A tight contest for the presidential nominations and competitive races for seats in the General Assembly could make for a gripping primary in Illinois next month. Deadlines loom if you plan to be a part of it.

Some voters already have mailed in their ballots; early voting in Illinois began Feb. 4 and runs right up until a day before the March 15 primary.

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