Duckworth defeats Kirk for Senate seat

(AP) -- Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth has unseated Illinois Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk.

Duckworth won her bid Tuesday, a boon for the Democrats' bid to regain control of the chamber.

The second-term congresswoman from Hoffman Estates previously served as director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs and in a leadership role with the federal VA. She also lost both of her legs in Iraq when her helicopter was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade.

Kirk campaigned for a second term in the left-leaning state as an independent voice and was a sharp critic of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.

The former congressman from Highland Park suffered a stroke in 2012, but returned to Washington a year later.