Illinois Senator Dick Durbin has endorsed the candidacy of Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth for sentate. If she wins the primary, Rep. Duckworth would run against Senator Mark Kirk. Duckworth is a disabled veteran who served in Iraq, where her helicopter was shot down. Kirk served in the Naval Reserve and obtained the rank of Commander. He served in the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia and later in Iraq.
Several years ago, after having been elected to the senate, Kirk suffered a stroke. Kirk underwent rehabilitation for some months before resuming his duties as a senator. Some Illinoisians have questioned whether his stroke has left him too incapacitated to fully function as a U.S. Senator. Kirk has strongly criticized President Obama's foreign policy in the Middle East, particularly when it comes to ISIS in Iraq and Syria.