GOP: Determined to Take Obama’s Seat Back

October 24, 2009
Chicago Sun-Times – As reported in Carol Marin’s column in the Chicago Sun-Times: “I’m not happy with my party clearing the way for Kirk to run unopposed,” Hughes said by phone Thursday. “This race is a battle for the soul of the Republican party . . . pro-business, pro-life, pro-Second Amendment.”

Mike Ditka Endorses Pat Hughes for Senate

October 23, 2009
Chicago Daily Observer

The Elephant in Lincoln’s Once-Great Room

September 30, 2009

Good News for Hughes: RNC Backs Away from Mark Kirk

September 24, 2009
Chicago Daily Observer

Kirk primary opponent’s poll shows opening

September 22, 2009

“There is little doubt that a conservative challenger could give the centrist Kirk fits. The question is whether there is someone able to give voters that option. Hughes is the early frontrunner to take up that mantle.”Read The Hill’s Blog Briefing Room

Survey Shows Kirk’s Numbers are Weak with Republican Voters

September 22, 2009
Chicago Daily Observer
Chicago Daily Observer

“Not Mark Kirk!”

September 8, 2009
Chicago Daily Observer – Pat Hughes looks like the best candidate for U.S. Senate

September 8, 2009
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GOP far from settled on Senate nod

August 30, 2009
Read the State Journal-Register

Town Hall Meeting on Healthcare

August 22, 2009
On Saturday, AM 560 WIND’s Cisco Cotto moderated a special town hall meeting outside the Chicago offices of Sen. Dick Durbin where citizens voiced their opinions on the issue of health care reform. Durbin told reporters that he doesn’t see value in holding town hall meetings. Patrick Hughes was invited to answer citizen’s questions and addressed the group to explain his platform on healthcare.

Nine conservatives protest Mark Kirk’s candidacy for U.S. Senate to county chairmen

August 22, 2009
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Patrick Hughes announces candidacy for U.S. Senate

August 19, 2009
Read the Daily Herald
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IR Reader John Ackerman reports from Bloomington that a conservative U.S. Senate candidate forum was held Saturday by the McLean County Republicans.
A straw pull vote was taken from everyone in attendance and the results are: Pat Hughes 40%, Cisco Cotto 28%, Judge Don Lowery 19%, John Arrington 9%, Robert Zadek 4% and then Eric Wallace. No one in attendance voiced support for Representative Mark Kirk.

STOP-IT (Sensible Taxpayers Opposed to Increased Taxes)
A new statewide Illinois grassroots effort organized to oppose Govern Patrick Quinn’s proposals to increase corporate and individual tax rates by 50%. STOP-IT succeeded in its efforts and defeated the proposed tax increases.