Kirk amends bio to change award -

Kirk amends bio to change award

WINNETKA, Ill. (AP) -- Rep. Mark Kirk is ammending his biography because he says he misstated an award he received for military service.

The Illinois Republican is running a high-stakes Senate race against Illinois treasurer Alexi Giannoulias.

Both hope to win the seat vacated by President Barack Obama.

In a campaign blog posting Thursday, Kirk says he misidentified the award, telling constituents he was given the U.S. Navy's prestigious Intelligence Officer of the Year.

Instead, he received the Rufus Taylor Intelligence Unit of the Year award.

That was issued by the National Military Intelligence Association, which is a professional group.

The revision was first reported Saturday by The Washington Post.

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