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10-01-2016 LSU Pregame

Illinois GOP leaders turn out for Senator Kirk fundraiser

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Illinois GOP leaders turn out for Senator Kirk fundraiser

CHICAGO (AP) – Illinois Republican leaders turned out for an early fundraiser for U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk’s 2016 re-election campaign in a formidable show of support some see as a bid to dissuade would-be primary challengers. Attendees at Monday’s Chicago event included Gov. Bruce Rauner and half a dozen Illinois congressmen. It raised more than […]

Illinois GOP leaders turn out for Senator Kirk fundraiser

CHICAGO (AP) – Illinois Republican leaders turned out for an early fundraiser for U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk’s 2016 re-election campaign in a formidable show of support some see as a bid to dissuade would-be primary challengers.

Attendees at Monday’s Chicago event included Gov. Bruce Rauner and half a dozen Illinois congressmen. It raised more than $250,000.

Kirk told reporters after the event that no names of Republican challengers have emerged.

A former GOP leader in the Illinois House, Tom Cross, said turnout for the fundraiser demonstrated “the depth and scope of” Kirk’s backing. He says that’s a message that a primary challenge would be daunting.

Kirk has been recovering from a 2012 stroke. The director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, David Yepsen, says the fundraiser helps end speculation that Kirk’s wavering.

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By Colin Jeffery

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