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For Illinois senators, an odd public friendship
In this Nov. 25, 2013 photo, U.S. Senators Dick Durbin, D-Ill., left, and Mark Kirk, R-Ill., laughing together before Zachary T. Fardon, takes a ceremonial oath as United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois in Chicago. On Capitol Hill, where the partisan divide runs so deep it shut down the government, it can be unusual for members of opposing parties to have close relationships. Both men say they’ve always had an amicable relationship. But their friendship truly solidified after Kirk suffered a stroke last year and they began a series of what the junior senator calls “heart-to-hearts” about how they could do their jobs better by working together. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

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