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Ill. GOP chair wants Ryan's withdrawal

CHICAGO, July 20 (UPI) -- Illinois Republican Party head Judy Baar Topinka is urging Jack Ryan to withdraw as the party's nominee for U.S. Senate, as he said he would.

Report: Senate hopeful 'lewd and abusive'

CHICAGO, July 16 (UPI) -- A former deputy drug czar who resigned to seek a U.S. Senate nomination engaged in "lewd" behavior at an office party, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Ditka signs as Chicago sports analyst

CHICAGO, July 15 (UPI) -- Sports legend Mike Ditka may have declined to run for U.S. Senate, but he's joining a Chicago television station to analyze the 2004 Bears.

Ditka won't run for Senate in Illinois

CHICAGO, July 15 (UPI) -- Hall of Fame football coach Mike Ditka has decided to punt and says he will not be the Illinois Republican Party's replacement candidate for U.S. Senate.

Ditka declines to run for Senate

WASHINGTON, July 14 (UPI) -- Former Chicago Bears Coach Mike Ditka Wednesday turned down an invitation from the Republican Party to run for Illinois' U.S. Senate seat.

Coach's wife against Ditka Senate bid

CHICAGO, July 13 (UPI) -- Diana Ditka, the no-nonsense wife of former head football coach Mike Ditka, says her husband would be nuts to run for U.S. Senate in Illinois.

In Illinois, Ditka draft talk increases

WASHINGTON, July 12 (UPI) -- The effort by some Illinois Republicans to draft ex-Chicago Bears head coach Mike Ditka into the U.S. Senate race continues to pick up steam.

Mike Ditka won't rule out U.S. Senate run

CHICAGO, July 12 (UPI) -- Hall of Fame football coach Mike Ditka says he's just a regular guy but that shouldn't rule him out as a replacement Illinois U.S. Senate candidate.

Mike Ditka to launch sportswear line

CHICAGO, July 9 (UPI) -- The Illinois Republicans may be trying to entice former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka to run for Senate, but he's busy with his own sportswear collection.

Will Illinois GOP Draft Ditka for Senate?

CHICAGO, July 8 (UPI) -- Now that two leading potential candidates for U.S. Senate in Illinois have taken themselves out of the running some Republicans want to draft Mike Ditka.

Ryan: Keep Kerry divorce records sealed

CHICAGO, July 5 (UPI) -- Ex-GOP Senate hopeful Jack Ryan, whose campaign ended after his divorce records were opened to the public, said John F. Kerry's should stay sealed.

Ryan quits Illinois Senate race

CHICAGO, June 25 (UPI) -- Republican Jack Ryan Friday withdrew from the Illinois Senate race days after sex club allegations in his divorce papers torpedoed his campaign.

Ill. GOP senate nominee won't quit

CHICAGO, June 21 (UPI) -- Illinois Republican Senate nominee Jack Ryan vows to remain in the race despite allegations he asked his former wife to perform in sex clubs.

Edgar to head Bush Illinois campaign

CHICAGO, June 21 (UPI) -- Former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar has been named to head the 2004 Bush-Cheney re-election campaign in a Midwest state where John Kerry is favored.

Ryan braces for release of divorce docs

LOS ANGELES, June 18 (UPI) -- A California judge has opted to make public several documents in the divorce case of U.S. Senate candidate Jack Ryan and former wife, actress Jeri Ryan.

Cheney speech to draw protesters

CHICAGO, June 4 (UPI) -- Security is tight for a political speech in Chicago by Vice President Dick Cheney at a fundraiser for Illinois U.S. Senate candidate Jack Ryan.

Democratic Senate nominee dogged by foe

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., May 21 (UPI) -- Barack Obama, Illinois' Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate, finds his every move filmed and recorded up close by an aide to his GOP opponent.

Obama's lead down to 8 points in Ill.

WASHINGTON, May 18 (UPI) -- Illinois Democrat Barack Obama's lead over the GOP's Jack Ryan in the U.S. Senate race has narrowed to 8 points, a poll published Tuesday shows.

Obama leads in Illinois Senate race poll

CHICAGO, May 11 (UPI) -- State Sen. Barack Obama, who won an overwhelming victory in Illinois' March Democratic primary, has a big lead in the race for U.S. Senate, a poll said.

Wife says keep candidate's divorce private

CHICAGO, May 11 (UPI) -- Actress Jeri Ryan, the ex-wife of Illinois U.S. Senate candidate Jack Ryan, is fighting media attempts to open sealed records from their 1999 divorce.

Obama takes double-digit lead in Ill.

CHICAGO, April 12 (UPI) -- Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Barack Obama has a double-digit lead over Republican candidate Jack Ryan in Illinois, a Democratic poll indicates.

Obama gets Illinois Democratic senate nod

CHICAGO, March 17 (UPI) -- Democrats in Illinois have moved a step closer to making Barack Obama the sole black to sit in the U.S. Senate, giving him a landslide party nomination.

Obama holds lead in Illinois

CHICAGO, March 16 (UPI) -- Illinois State Sen. Barack Obama took an early lead in the race for the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination in Illinois.

Obama, Ryan lead Ill. senate race

CHICAGO, March 9 (UPI) -- With a week until the Illinois primaries for an open U.S. Senate seat, Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Jack Ryan lead their party's contenders.

Ill. Dems move to Obama, away from Hull

CHICAGO, March 5 (UPI) -- A new poll indicates Democrat Barack Obama is gaining ground in his bid to capture the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Republican Peter Fitzgerald.
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