Illinois Rep. Kirk cool to governor's job

CHICAGO, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Rep. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., said he was not particularly interested in running for governor should a special election be called to replace Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

U.S. Great Lakes water deal in jeopardy

CHICAGO, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- A multistate compact that spells out who can use the water from the Great Lakes is in jeopardy as states and Canadian provinces shy away from the agreement.

Lawmakers propose new Social Security card

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Two U.S. congressmen from Illinois have introduced a bill calling for new Social Security cards with security features to help combat fraud and identity theft.

Father of Rep. Mark Kirk dies at 74

KENILWORTH, Ill., Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Francis Gabriel Kirk, the father of U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., has died of pulmonary fibrosis at age 74 at his home in Kenilworth, Ill.

Congress won't get Saudi deal till '08

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- The Bush administration said it would not officially notify the U.S. Congress about a $20 billion arms deal to Saudi Arabia until next year.

Bill to ban foreigners from airport jobs

CHICAGO, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Rep. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., has proposed legislation mandating that only U.S. citizens be eligible for airport jobs requiring access to planes and baggage.

Chicago transit vulnerabilities leaked

CHICAGO, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Documents showing the Chicago mass transit system's vulnerability to terrorist attack have been leaked on the Internet via a peer-to-peer file-sharing network.

Report: GOP reps warn Bush on Iraq

WASHINGTON, May 9 (UPI) -- A group of 11 members of Congress delivered a blunt warning to President George W. Bush on the handling of the Iraq War, NBC News reported Wednesday.

Internet risks too big for bill

WASHINGTON, July 13 (UPI) -- Legislation designed to protect children from Internet predators could actually widen the digital divide without significantly reducing the exposure of young pe

Rally under way for 39 cent Benny stamp

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- An Oakland, Calif., woman is heading up a push to get perennial 39-year-old Jack Benny on the 39 cent U.S. postal stamp.

Great Lakes restoration may be shelved

CHICAGO, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- The Bush administration, hit by hurricane costs, may drop a $20 billion plan to restore the Great Lakes, the world's largest source of freshwater.

Poll: Most oppose stem cell research

CHICAGO, May 16 (UPI) -- Three Illinois congressmen heard testimony on federal funding of stem cell research as a Catholic poll indicated 52 percent of U.S. adults oppose funding.

Sewage discharge enrages Mich. officials

CHICAGO, June 8 (UPI) -- Heavy rains last month have resulted in a huge flood of raw sewage running into Lake Michigan, and the stink is audible.

Republican group offers budget plan

WASHINGTON, March 4 (UPI) -- A group of moderate congressional Republicans Thursday offered a plan for the 2005 U.S. budget they said would get the country back to a balanced budget.

UPI's Capital Comment for Jan. 10

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Capital Comment -- Daily news notes, political rumors and important events that shape politics and public policy in Washington and the world from United Press I
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Mark Kirk
Marchers gather outside of a City Club of Chicago luncheon to protest the immigration stance of Rep. Mark Kirk (R-IL) on April 15, 2009 in Chicago. Kirk is considering running for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Democrat Roland Burris in 2010. (UPI Photo/Brian Kersey)

Mark Steven Kirk (born September 15, 1959) is the junior United States Senator from Illinois and a member of the Republican Party. Previously, Kirk was a member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Illinois's 10th congressional district.

Born in Champaign, Illinois, he graduated from Cornell University, London School of Economics, and Georgetown University Law Center. He practiced law throughout the 1980s and 1990s. He joined the United States Navy Reserve in 1989 and was recalled to active duty for the 1999 NATO bombing of Yugoslavia. He participated in Operation Northern Watch in Iraq the following year. He remains a member of the Navy Reserve, now holding the rank of Commander.

Kirk was elected to the House in 2000. During his fifth term in November 2010 he won a special election to finish the final months of former Senator Barack Obama's term and he began a six-year Senate term beginning in 2011.

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