Senator-elect Mark Kirk will miss
part of the upcoming lame duck session of Congress. The U.S. Senate
reconvenes on November 15th, and Kirk won't be certified to replace U.S.
Sen. Roland Burris until late November, according to state officials.
The 2010 election was the first campaign following the U.S. Supreme Court's controversial decision that allowed corporations to spend unlimited money on behalf of political candidates. According to a new study by a watchdog group, of the contests that changed hands on Tuesday, no one benefited more from this "dark money" than Illinois' Senator-elect Mark Kirk.
Successful incumbent U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (9th) had a message for progressives last night after it became clear that the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, Alexi Giannoulias, lost to GOP candidate Congressman Mark Kirk.
Democrats across the country are watching Illinois as the race for U.S. Senate between Democrat Alexi Giannoulias and Republican Mark Kirk comes to an end tonight. A win by Giannoulias would likely mean a continued majority for Democrats in the U.S. Senate.
The Drudge Report has listed incomplete exit polling results from
Illinois' U.S. Senate race. According to the conservative website, U.S.
Rep. Mark Kirk is holding a six point lead over State Treasurer Alexi
These numbers should be taken with a heavy grain of salt, as Nate Silver explains here.
A little before 1:30 p.m., Karen Johnson and Laterra Barnett (at left and right in the photo, respectively) emerged from the polling place at Williams Elementary, a school at 27th and Dearborn in Chicago, having just cast their ballots. Barnett, who lives in the Dearborn Homes, the public housing development adjacent to Williams, voted a straight Democratic ticket.
An interview with a younger Latino voter outside of Yates Elementary School on Chicago's Northwest Side this morning illustrated one of the big issues motivating the Latino community to the polls this year: immigration reform, or the lack of it.