President-elect Donald Trump pumps his fist after giving his acceptance speech as his wife Melania Trump, right, and their son Barron Trump follow him during his election night rally, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in New York.
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November 09, 2016

Trump Wins Presidency In Major Upset

President-elect Donald Trump says now it's time for America to "bind the wounds of division.'' Trump spoke to a crowd of supporters early Wednesday at his headquarters in New York City. Trump says he received a phone call from Hillary Clinton, congratulating him on his victory. Trump says he's pledging to be a president "for all Americans.''   

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Republican Sen. Mark Kirk and Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth
Amanda Vinicky (Kirk); Brian Mackey (Duckworth)
October 26, 2016

Politics Trumps Policy In U.S. Senate Race

Illinois is not considered a battleground state in the presidential election, but it could help decide which party controls the U.S. Senate. First-term Republican Senator Mark Kirk is fighting to keep his job against Democratic Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth. Brian Mackey has this look at the two candidates' policy positions and the politics of the race.

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October 19, 2016

NPR Live Fact Check Of Presidential Debate

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton face off in the final presidential debate Wednesday night at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, is live annotating the debate. 

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Republican State Representative Dan Brady (L) and GOP U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R) at the Marriott Hotel in Normal.
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October 13, 2016

Senator Kirk Defends Ryan's Half Measure

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan has been open to criticism in saying he will not defend Donald Trump, but not rescinding his endorsement following the controversy over a video tape of Trump advocating sexual assault recorded in 2005. But during a stop in Normal Thursday, U.S. Senator Mark Kirk said Ryan had done enough to distance himself from the GOP nominee.

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A clock sits outside of Trump Tower at midnight on, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, in New York.
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October 08, 2016

'You Can Do Anything': In 2005 Tape, Trump Brags About Groping, Kissing Women

Just two days before Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are set to meet for their second presidential debate, more damaging audio of the GOP nominee using crude language about women and how he would hit on them has surfaced. Meanwhile, Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis said Saturday he was rescinding his support for the presidential nominee. Despite numerous calls from former backers to withdraw from the race, Trump says he won't quit.

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence speaks after a meeting with Indianapolis Archbishop Joseph Tobin at the Statehouse Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, in Indianapolis, a day after the archdiocese said it has the means to resettle a Syrian refugee family bound for the s
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October 03, 2016

Appeals Court Upholds Order Against Pence On Syrian Refugees

A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court's order blocking Indiana Gov. Mike Pence from barring state agencies from helping Syrian refugees resettle in the state. A three-judge panel for the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago issued a ruling Monday that affirms an injunction that a federal judge in Indianapolis issued in February.

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Illinois U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin participates in a political rally during Democrats Day at the Illinois State Fair Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, in Springfield, Ill.
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August 19, 2016

Democrats Trumpet Trump at IL State Fair

Earlier this week, when Republicans rallied at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield, it was as though they were on that classic game show "Password," where no one was allowed say the name of their party's presidential nominee. Thursday, however, Democrats took the opposite tack, saying the name again and again.

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