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U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk through the years

Gov. Bruce Rauner talks with Sen. Mark Kirk during a ceremony at Navy Pier on April 1, 2015.

 (Antonio Perez, Chicago Tribune)

Sen. Mark Kirk speaks at The Bunker luncheon held at the Union League Club on Nov. 10, 2015, to discuss leadership initiatives for promoting veteran-owned businesses.

 (Phil Velasquez, Chicago Tribune)

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., speaks at the City Club of Chicago on April 2, 2015.

 (E. Jason Wambsgans, Chicago Tribune)

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., takes his seat after speaking during a deployment ceremony May 28, 2015, for 25 Chicago-based National Guardsmen who are participating in a summer medical evacuation mission in Kuwait.

 (Anthony Souffle, Chicago Tribune)

U.S. Sens. Mark Kirk, left, and John McCain, far right, enter a program to speak to members of the Chicago-area Ukrainian-American community at the Ukrainian Cultural Center in Chicago on March 22, 2015.

 (Jose M. Osorio, Chicago Tribune)

President Barack Obama helps Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., onto the stage before signing the designation of the Pullman National Monument on Feb. 19, 2015, at Brooks College Preparatory Academy in Chicago.

 (Anthony Souffle, Chicago Tribune)

Sen. Mark Kirk greets the crowd at the 45th annual Mexican Independence Day Parade on 26th Street in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood Sept. 14, 2014.

 (Michael Tercha, Chicago Tribune)

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk speaks with job recruiters at his job fair at Harper College in Palatine on Oct. 7, 2014.

 (Stacey Wescott, Chicago Tribune)

U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider, from left, and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, both Illinois Democrats, greet U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., on May 3, 2013, as Kirk arrives at LEARN Public Charter School in North Chicago following a visit to the nearby Naval Station Great Lakes. Kirk staffer Andrew Weissert is at right.

 (Chris Walker, Chicago Tribune)

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk shakes hands May 3, 2013, with a visitor at LEARN Public Charter School in North Chicago following a visit to the adjacent Naval Station Great Lakes. Kirk was visiting the school and naval station with U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider, both Illinois Democrats.

 (Chris Walker, Chicago Tribune)

U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider, from left, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk listen to a question May 3, 2013, at LEARN Public Charter School in North Chicago.

 (Chris Walker, Chicago Tribune)

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., celebrates his climb up steps of the U.S. Capitol as he returns to work Jan. 3, 2013, a year after suffering a stroke.

 (Brian Cassella, Chicago Tribune)

Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., gives a thumbs up to Sen. Mark Kirk as Kirk climbs the steps of the U.S. Capitol to return to work Jan. 3, 2013.

 (Brian Cassella, Chicago Tribune)

Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., left, waves Jan. 3, 2013, after returning to work at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. He received a bipartisan welcome, including from Vice President Joe Biden, from far left, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.

 (Brian Cassella, Chicago Tribune)

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., greets a group of well-wishers as he walks up the steps of the Capitol in Washington on Jan. 3, 2013.

 (Brian Cassella, Chicago Tribune)

Sen. Mark Kirk gets a kiss from a supporter Nov. 4, 2012, after he climbed from the 66th floor to the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower during the charity fundraiser Skyrise Chicago.

 (WGN-TV)

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk three months after the Illinois Republican suffered a stroke in 2012.

 (Office of Sen. Mark Kirk)

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk is interviewed and photographed at the Union League Club in Chicago in 2010.

 (Chris Walker, Chicago Tribune)

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk announces his endorsement of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney at a December 2011 news conference in Chicago.

 (Jose M. Osorio, Chicago Tribune)

Sen. Mark Kirk speaks to the news media Nov. 14, 2011, after announcing legislation that would improve school access to epinephrine auto-injectors, like the EpiPen.

 (Alex Garcia, Chicago Tribune)

Sen. Mark Kirk calls for extending the Surface Transportation Act during a Sept. 12, 2011, visit to a Wacker Drive reconstruction project in Chicago.

 (E. Jason Wambsgans, Chicago Tribune)

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, from left, U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, along with others, take a tour of the Chicago River on May 22, 2011, to learn more about what it will take to clean up the river.

 (Nancy Stone, Chicago Tribune)

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, left, and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin ask questions March 25, 2011, while hosting a forum on the safety of nuclear power plants in Illinois at the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse in Chicago.

 (William DeShazer, Chicago Tribune)

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, R-Nev., from left, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., attend President Barack Obama‘s State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington.

 (Pablo Martinez Monsivias, AP)

Sen. Mark Kirk, left, is sworn in by Vice President Joseph Biden as his mother, Judy Kirk, holds a Bible during a mock swearing-in ceremony Nov. 29, 2010, in Washington. Kirk was officially sworn in by Biden moments earlier on the floor of the U.S. Senate.

 (Mark Wilson, Getty Images)

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, left hand raised, takes the oath of office before Vice President Joe Biden, facing away on Nov. 29, 2010. At right is senior U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.

 (U.S. Senate)

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk is interviewed and photographed Nov. 26, 2010, at the Union League Club in Chicago. Kirk was set to be sworn in the following Monday.

 (Chris Walker, Chicago Tribune)

Republican Sen.-elect Mark Kirk, right, and defeated Democrat Alexi Giannoulias get together for beer, food and conversation Nov. 3, 2010, at the Billy Goat Tavern in Chicago.

 (Terrence Antonio James, Chicago Tribune)

Sen.-elect Mark Kirk visits the Ogilvie Transportation Center on Nov. 3, 2010, in Chicago to thank suburban commuters for their support.

 (E. Jason Wambsgans, Chicago Tribune)

Republican Mark Kirk greets supporters after edging past Democratic rival Alexi Giannoulias on Nov. 2, 2010, to win the race for U.S. Senate. Kirk said retaking the seat from Democrats represented the sunset of “a one-party corrupt state.”

 (Brian Cassella, Chicago Tribune)

U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk is directed by ballot judge Naomi Gaia on Election Day on Nov. 2, 2010, at a Highwood, Ill., recreation center.

 (Chris Walker, Chicago Tribune)

Senate candidate Mark Kirk greets commuters near Union Station in Chicago the day before the election Nov. 1, 2010.

 (E. Jason Wambsgans, Chicago Tribune)

Gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady, from left, with wife Nancy, appears with U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kirk and Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown during a Republican campaign rally Oct. 31, 2010, at Joe’s on Weed Street in Chicago.

 (Scott Strazzante, Chicago Tribune)

U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk, Republican candidate for U.S. senator, greets attendees Oct. 26, 2010, after a Rotary Club luncheon appearance at the Union League Club in Chicago.

 (Chris Walker, Chicago Tribune)

Republican Mark Kirk, left, and Democrat Alexi Giannoulias, candidates for U.S. Senate, face off in a debate Oct. 19, 2010, at ABC-Ch. 7 studios in downtown Chicago. The two focused their debate on personal integrity and the economy.

 (Nuccio DiNuzzo, Chicago Tribune)

U.S. Senate candidates Democrat Alexi Giannoulias, left, and Republican Mark Kirk address the Tribune Editorial Board in a joint endorsement interview in Chicago.

 (Heather Charles, Chicago Tribune)

Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Mark Kirk meets with military veterans at the Full Moon restaurant in Lake Bluff, Ill.

 (Chris Walker, Chicago Tribune)

U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kirk greats supporters at the Director’s Lawn on Republican Day at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield.

 (Lane Christiansen, Chicago Tribune)
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kirk stands near the spot where his sailboat capsized on Lake Michigan. Kirk said the incident led him to pursue a career in public service.  (Chris Walker, Chicago Tribune)

U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kirk joins actor Gary Sinise at a fundraiser. For most of his House career, Kirk has crafted an image as one of a vanishing breed of GOP moderates. But his readiness to buck party orthodoxy ebbed with his Senate bid.

 (E. Jason Wambsgans, Chicago Tribune)

U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk meets with the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board to discuss the controversy over his military record.

 (Nancy Stone, Chicago Tribune)
Republican nominee for U.S. Senate Mark Kirk, visits the Chicago Tribune Tower for interviews after easily winning his primary election.  (Nancy Stone, Chicago Tribune)

Rep. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., a U.S. Senate candidate, talks with reporters after the Republican unity breakfast at the Union League Club in Chicago. Dillard and Brady were still awaiting the final count to determine who will be the party’s candidate for governor.

 (Michael Tercha, Chicago Tribune)

Republican nominee for U.S. Senate Mark Kirk, visits the Chicago Tribune for interviews after easily winning his primary contest in 2010.

 (Nancy Stone, Chicago Tribune)

Rep. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., addresses supporters in Wheeling, Ill., after winning the Republican primary for U.S. Senate. Kirk will face Democrat Alexi Giannoulias, state treasurer, as they battle to claim the U.S. Senate seat once held by President Barack Obama.

 (Lane Christiansen, Chicago Tribune)
Rep. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., greets members of the Union League Club of Chicago in Chicago after he addressed them at a breakfast briefing. Kirk talked about the conflict in Afghanistan and Iran.  (Heather Charles, Chicago Tribune)

U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk holds a news conference calling for passage of a national anti-gang task force to combat rising gang violence. He describes a scene at a drug raid he attended.

 (Chris Walker, Chicago Tribune)

U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk, center, gets a kiss from his mother, Judith Kirk, left, after he announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate in the Republican primary. The announcement was made in front of his birthplace in Kenilworth. At left is Andrew McKenna Jr., chairman of the Illinois Republican Party. At right is Maya Kirk, daughter of Judith Kirk.

 (Chris Walker, Chicago Tribune)

U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk, who sponsored the Horse Transportation Safety Act, gets a gentle nudge from a show mare named Grand Jeté during a news conference at Shadowbrook Farm in Mettawa. His bill aims to ensure that “what happened in Wadsworth in October does not happen again.” A crash in October 2007 killed 19 Belgian draft horses.

 (Chicago Tribune)

Four-term U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk in a race for the 10th District waits for returns in the contest against Democratic challenger Dan Seals of Wilmette.

 (Chicago Tribune)

Surrounded by enlarged photos of gang fugitives, U.S. Rep. Kirk, representatives of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacc, Firearms and Explosives and several Lake County law enforcement agencies announce Lake County’s “Top Ten Most Wanted” gang members, and discuss joint gang-fighting measures.

 (Chicago Tribune)

U.S. Navy Reserve Cmdr. Mark Kirk, who represents the 10th Congressional District of Illinois as a Republican and is also serving his reserve duty in the National Military Command Center, Joint Chiefs of Staff, also known as the “war room” in the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., guides visitors through the Pentagon after his night shift. Kirk is an intelligence officer and one of the few members of congress who is voting on war-related issues with inside knowledge from his military service.

 (Stephanie Kuykendal, Chicago Tribune)

U.S. Reps. Mark Kirk and Melissa Bean, both of Illinois, talk with reporters at the Ogilvie Transportation Center in Chicago. Bean and Kirk, along with Metra Executive Director Phil Pagano, warned of an impending “transit doomsday” if Springfield doesn’t pass a transportation bill.

 (Nancy Stone, Chicago Tribune)

Rep. Mark Kirk prepares to debate challenger Dan Seals at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire.

 (Chicago Tribune)

The Chicago Tribune Editorial Board conducts its 10th Congressional District endorsement interview with Republican Rep. Mark Kirk.

 (Chicago Tribune)

U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk and the high school student body and class presidents from his Student Leadership Advisory Board at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire film TV public service announcements aimed at protecting children from Internet predators.

 (Chicago Tribune)

After accepting hundreds of phone cards collected through donations, U.S. Rep Mark Kirk talks with fifth-grade students at Highcrest Middle School in Wilmette, answering their questions about his duties as congressman and what it was like to meet President George W. Bush. Working in conjunction with SBC, AT&T and students at Highcrest Middle School, Kirk will deliver hundreds of phone cards to soldiers in Iraq in time for them to call home to their loved ones on Father’s Day.

 (Chicago Tribune)

U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk, left, talks with Dr. Jim Miller of Argonne National Laboratories about hybrid technology engines at Knauz Auto Park in Lake Bluff after a news conference outlining legislation aimed at lowering gas prices.

 (Michael Tercha, Chicago Tribune)

Rep. Mark Kirk and Katherine Hamilton-Smith, historical resources manager for the Lake County Forest Preserve District, look out the rear of the Adlai Stevenson house at the grounds of the Adlai E. Stevenson Special Use area near Vernon Hills. Kirk presented a matching grant check for $99,000 to the LCFP for an “interpretive educational exhibits that examine (the) Adlai Stevenson life.” The Stevenson house is being restored by the district.

 (Chicago Tribune)

U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk stands on a Coast Guard boat before the Air and Water Show on Lake Michigan.

 (Abel Uribe, Chicago Tribune)

The freshman class of newly elected members of Congress pose on the Capitol steps in Washington.

 (Kenneth Lambert, Associated Press)
U.S. Congress candidate Mark Kirk is congratulated during his victory speech at the Northbrook Sheraton in Northbrook.  (Chicago Tribune)
U.S. Congress candidate Mark Kirk smiles at supporters while he awaits election results at the Northbrook Sheraton in Northbrook.  (Chicago Tribune)

GOP 10th Congressional District winner Mark Kirk, accompanied by fiancee Kimberly Vertolli, thanks commuters with a thumbs up in 2000 outside the Northwestern train station on Madison Street and the Chicago River.

 (Nuccio DiNuzzo, Chicago Tribune)
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