Tammy Duckworth

Republican Mark Kirk Says He Won't Support Trump

Jun 7, 2016

The junior U.S. Senator from Illinois has reached a breaking point in support for his party's presidential candidate.

Kirk said Tuesday that, as the presidential campaign progressed, he was hoping the rhetoric would tone down and reflect a campaign that’s "inclusive, thoughtful and principled."

But he says Trump’s latest statements about a federal judge of Mexican heritage were dead wrong and un-American.

Kirk has said he’d support the party’s nominee.


A judge in southern Illinois has set an Aug. 15 trial date in a workplace retaliation lawsuit filed against U.S. Senate candidate Tammy Duckworth.

The Democratic congresswoman is challenging Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk in one of November's most competitive Senate races.

Two employees of a home for veterans say Duckworth violated state ethics laws by taking action against them when she was head of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs.

Duckworth's supporters call the case a politically motivated nuisance lawsuit.


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. Duckworth did not attend the hearing.

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (L) and Tammy Duckworth

President Barack Obama has officially endorsed Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth for Senate, saying “few people fight as passionately for our veterans.''


Obama says in a statement Wednesday that he asked Duckworth to serve in his Veterans Affairs department and that she ``served with purpose and distinction.''

Duckworth is challenging Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk. It's expected to be one of the most competitive races as Democrats try to retake control of the Senate.

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (L) and Tammy Duckworth

The newly chosen Illinois Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, Tammy Duckworth, says she backs President Barack Obama's choice for the U.S. Supreme Court.  She's calling on her opponent to do the same. 

The U.S. Senate's Republican leader says he'll block Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland. 

But Rep. Duckworth says Garland has "impeccable credentials."

Duckworth is campaigning to take Republican Mark Kirk's Senate seat from him. 


The National Republican Senatorial Committee briefly posted a tweet saying a Democratic candidate from Illinois who lost both legs as an Army helicopter pilot "has a sad record of not standing up" for veterans.

NRSC spokeswoman Andrea Bozek said the tweet Tuesday about U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth was a mistake that was deleted "within minutes."

She then criticized reporters for paying more attention "to a deleted tweet" than other issues.


Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth says she has a plan to address criminal justice reform in her campaign for U.S. Senate...and a solution for relations between police and people of color. But it's not the main focus for the Democrat. 


Duckworth stopped into a local coffee shop in Champaign for a meet and greet, where she answered voter questions.

But despite police killings in Chicago and elsewhere dominating the headlines this week, race relations didn't come up once in the half-an-hour informal Q&A.


Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth is standing by her statement that companies that leave the U.S. are deserting their country. 

Duckworth made the comments during Governor Bruce Rauner’s campaign. Rauner was accused of outsourcing jobs. 

"I feel very strongly that you have left your country behind when you do that and you should be -- your loyalty should be here. Pay your fair share. Because it's not fair for those working families that are working two jobs, sometimes three, trying to get by."

Northern Illinois Republican Joe Walsh and his Democratic opponent Tammy Duckworth are squaring off in one of the nation's most closely watched congressional races. On Tuesday night, a debate between the two candidates underscored the tension between the two campaigns.