WBEZ | illinois senator http://www.wbez.org/tags/illinois-senator Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Kirk holds first public appearance since stroke http://www.wbez.org/news/kirk-holds-first-public-appearance-stroke-107016 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/RS5453_Sen. Kirk_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In his first public appearance since suffering from a stroke last year, Illinois U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R) attested to the progress he has made through rehabilitation, and chimed in on a number of political issues that have been simmering in Washington and Chicago.</p><p dir="ltr">The junior Senator sat in a wheelchair as he spoke with media outlets at the LEARN Public Charter School near North Chicago in Lake County on Friday. Next to him were Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D) and Illinois Congressman Brad Schneider (D-10th).</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;My standard walk for rehab was from my house to the Fort Sheridan (water) tower, which is about a block, and it always took 18 minutes,&rdquo; Kirk said on Friday, &ldquo;and yesterday, it took eight (minutes). So it&rsquo;s much, much faster.&rdquo; The stroke impaired movements particularly on the left side of Kirk&rsquo;s body, and kept him off Capitol Hill for a year.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;Part of my mission is to tell everybody in Illinois, &lsquo;If you have a mom or a dad who goes through a stroke, that if they get depressed one day to call me and I&rsquo;ll get them up and turn them around,&rsquo;&rdquo; he said.</p><p dir="ltr">Kirk also chimed in on the immigration overhaul that Durbin and others in the so-called &ldquo;Gang of Eight&rdquo; senators have introduced in Washington. He said he has spoken to one of the Republican leaders on that bill, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) about introducing an amendment to award citizenship to military veterans who have earned Combat Infantry or Combat Action badges.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;My feeling is if you have fought with us, you are one of us,&rdquo; said Kirk. &ldquo;That is something that I&rsquo;ll seek to add to the bill.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">He also said that he is withholding judgment on President Barack Obama&rsquo;s nomination of Chicago business executive Penny Pritzker to the Secretary of Commerce cabinet position until he has had a chance to speak with her. Kirk said he wants to hear about Pritzker&rsquo;s &ldquo;pro-business&rdquo; agenda.</p><p><em>Odette Yousef is WBEZ&rsquo;s North Side Bureau reporter. Follow her <a href="https://twitter.com/oyousef">@oyousef</a>.</em></p></p> Fri, 03 May 2013 17:14:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/kirk-holds-first-public-appearance-stroke-107016 Election Day 2010 is finally here http://www.wbez.org/story/election-day-2010-finally-here <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2010-November/2010-11-02/voting receipt WBEZ Alex Keefe.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Election Day 2010 has arrived, and Illinois voters have a rather thick ballot to get through.</p><p><strong>Check out our voting guides: </strong><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/election-file-voting-guide-should-i-%E2%80%98retain%E2%80%99-these-judges-or-boot-them">judges</a>, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/election-file-voting-guide-blagojevich-inspired-constitutional-amendment">recall amendment</a>, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/election-file-voting-guide-down-ballot-illinois-races">down-ballot Illinois races</a>, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/election-file-voting-guide-cook-county%E2%80%99s-down-ballot-races">down-ballot Cook County races</a>, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/election-file-voting-guide-low-down-third-party-independent-and-write-candidates">big party alternatives</a></p><p>Think of all that Illinois has gone through since the last general election: Home-state President Barack Obama headed to the White House, and Gov. Rod Blagojevich got arrested, then impeached, then removed from office. Unemployment and foreclosures jumped, and the state budget spiraled into what many experts say is a crisis.</p><p>On Tuesday, Illinois voters will elect a governor, and the U.S. Senate seat once held by Blagojevich appointee Roland Burris, will get a new occupant. Illinoisans will actually vote twice on the Senate seat. First, they'll pick a short-term replacement for Burris, to serve until his term ends in January. Second, they'll elect a senator to serve a full six-year term.<br /> <br /> Voters will also choose other statewide officials, and weigh in on congressional, legislative, county and judicial elections. In addition, they'll be asked to decide on a proposed constitutional amendment.</p><p>Illinois polling places are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.</p> <div class="daylife_smartgalleries_container" style="border: none; margin: 0; padding: 0; overflow: hidden;height: 430px; width: 600px;"> <iframe class="daylife_smartgalleries_frame" src="http://wbez.smartgalleries.net/gallery_slideshow/1288750846163?width=600&disable_link_to_hosted_page=0&height=430&show_related=0" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" style="border: none; margin: 0; padding: 0; overflow: hidden;height: 100%; width: 100%;"></iframe> </div></p> Tue, 02 Nov 2010 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/election-day-2010-finally-here