In this Dec. 16, 2010, file photo, Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., talks to the media on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Illinois Political Drama Continues With Accusations Senator Paid Girlfriend Six Figures

(MintPress) — An Illinois senator is facing allegations that he paid his girlfriend $143,000 in backdoor funding — a case that draws attention to the growing reputation of corruption in the Illinois political scene. Kimberly Vertolli, the ex-wife of Sen. Mark Kirk, a Republican, has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC), pointing […]