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President Barack Obama delivers remarks at Henninger High School in Syracuse, New York, during the college affordability bus tour, Aug. 22, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)President Barack Obama delivers remarks at Henninger High School in Syracuse, New York, during the college affordability bus tour, Aug. 22, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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President Barack Obama delivers remarks at Henninger High School in Syracuse, New York, during the college affordability bus tour, Aug. 22, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)President Barack Obama delivers remarks at Henninger High School in Syracuse, New York, during the college affordability bus tour, Aug. 22, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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KIRK, MARK STEVEN, Republican Party
Illinois

Total number of trips - 5
Total cost of trips - $30,743.60

Average cost per trip - $6,148.72
Total number of days spent traveling - 22 days
Rank of representative - 216 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Project Interchange, American Jewish Committee
Dates - November 17, 2001 - November 25, 2001 (9 days)
Location(s) - Tel Aviv, Israel - Jerusalem, Israel - Haifa, Israel - Amman, Jordan

Purpose - observe and study Israeli defense situation and meet with Israeli and Jordanian officials
Notes - accompanied by spouse Kimberly Vertolli Kirk. Other expenses include security, speakers, program fees, gratuities.

Travel Cost - $6,746.00
Lodging Cost - $1,000.00
Meal Cost - $1,564.00
Other Cost - $3,456.00
Total Cost - $12,766.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Nuclear Energy Institute
Dates - March 25, 2001 - March 25, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Yucca Mountain, NV

Purpose - Helicopter flight and tour of Yucca Mountain
Notes -

Travel Cost - $340.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $20.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $360.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Loyola Univ of Chicago
Dates - February 7, 2004 - February 10, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - Attend Board of Trustees annual meeting
Notes - Including spouse

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,383.70
Meal Cost - $272.70
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,656.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Cornell Univ
Dates - November 7, 2004 - November 8, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Ithaca, NY

Purpose - The purpose of the trip was for Representative Kirk to deliver a speech tilted " The Rise of China" at his alma mater, Cornell University
Notes - 11/7 Chicago, IL - Ithaca, NY / 11/8 Ithaca, NY - Chicago, IL

Travel Cost - $713.02
Lodging Cost - $160.00
Meal Cost - $62.18
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $935.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Friends of the Israel Defense Forces
Dates - August 7, 2005 - August 12, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Tel Aviv, Israel - Jerusalem, Israel

Purpose - Fact finding trip on the US/Israel Alliance
Notes - DC - Newark - Tel Aviv / Tel Aviv - Jerusalem - the Negev Including spouse

Travel Cost - $10,403.50
Lodging Cost - $2,120.00
Meal Cost - $602.50
Other Cost - $1,900.00
Total Cost - $15,026.00

Additional family members - Yes

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President Barack Obama delivers remarks at Henninger High School in Syracuse, New York, during the college affordability bus tour, Aug. 22, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)President Barack Obama delivers remarks at Henninger High School in Syracuse, New York, during the college affordability bus tour, Aug. 22, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

Goodbye, College Ratings (For Now)

The Obama administration recently declared that it would no longer pursue a college ratings system based on accessibility, affordability and student success. And college presidents everywhere breathed a sigh of relief.

Recent Posts

  • 07.23.15

    Sweet Briar Returns

    Sweet Briar College was about to close after struggling with dwindling enrollment and other problems. An alumni group raised more than 20 million dollars in pledges to keep the doors open, but the school's survival is still deeply in doubt.
  • 07.15.15

    The Future of Historically Black Colleges

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  • 07.07.15

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  • 07.02.15

    Minorities and Special Ed

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