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Kirk, Durbin in Senate Gang of 10 forging jobless benefit deal

Senator Dick Durb(left) Senator Mark Kirk speak press conference held LEARN6 Charter School Naval StatiGreLakes. | Thomas Delany Jr.~ Sun-Times

Senator Dick Durbin (left) and Senator Mark Kirk speak at a press conference held at LEARN6 Charter School at Naval Station Great Lakes. | Thomas Delany Jr.~ Sun-Times Media

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The two Illinois senators — Republican Mark Kirk and Democrat Dick Durbin — were among the 10 senators who forged a bipartisan agreement to restore long-term unemployment benefits on Thursday.


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