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Top Illinois Republicans are no-shows in Cleveland

(SPRINGFIELD) The quadrennial celebration of the Grand Old Party in Cleveland this week will be missing some key members from Illinois.

Top Republicans from the Land of Lincoln are taking a pass on the Republican National Convention where delegates are expected to nominate contentious real estate developer Donald Trump.

Only U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk has said it’s because he disagrees with Trump’s rhetoric. He’s in a tough re-election campaign with Democratic Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has criticized Trump but says he’s not attending because he’s busy meeting with constituents. Comptroller Leslie Munger — who also has a tough fall opponent — says she’s focused on the state’s fiscal crisis.

U.S. Rep. Robert Dold has an election fight and won’t attend. Nor will Regional Transportation Authority Chairman Kirk Dillard.


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Other Primary Results from Super Tuesday

By Nick Gale, WLS-AM 890 News

(CHICAGO) Some other race results that may have been shadowed by the presidential primaries.

Of course by now we know Kim Foxx upset Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez. And house speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) beat out challenger Jason Gonzales.

Another closely watched race was between State. Rep. Ken Dunkin (D-Chicago) and challenger Juliana Stratton. Stratton won. Asked if President Barack Obama’s personalized campaign ad for Stratton played a role, Dunkin told reporters Tuesday night, “absolutely.”

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) took his primary and as was expected, his rival U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth did as well. It will be a closely watched race come November.

U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Chicago) won over his opponent Howard Brookins.​

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Sen. Kirk: Ignoring Gaps Threatens Our Security

Sen. Mark Kirk joins Lauren Cohn and Bill Cameron in studio.

By U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL)

After the recent terrorist attacks carried out by ISIS in Paris, I called on President Barack Obama to suspend our nation’s Syrian refugee program until officials can guarantee 100 percent that ISIS terrorists cannot enter the U.S. by posing as refugees. Given the facts, the need for a pause to protect national security is obvious.MORE