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Tom Cross
GOP fundraiser in Chicago an early show of support for Kirk

Illinois Republican leaders turned out Monday for an early fundraiser for U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk's 2016 re-election campaign, a show of support that appeared aimed in part at trying to dissuade potential GOP primary challengers. Gov. Bruce Rauner, a half-dozen members of the state's congressional delegation and some of the party's biggest Illinois donors were among the GOP faithful who appeared at a downtown Chicago club, some paying up to $15,000 a ticket. The event raised more than $200,000, Kirk said. Kirk, elected in 2010 to the vacant seat once held by President Barack Obama, is a top target of Democrats as they try to win back the Senate. Many also consider him to be...