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Sen. Mark Kirk heads home to continue recovery

Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) is heading home to continue his recovery from a stroke he suffered in January.

Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.). (Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

“We are grateful for the wonderful doctors and personnel at the RIC for their care of Mark, and to the residents of Illinois who have given him privacy and time to heal,” the statement added. “We also thank everyone who has shared their prayers and wishes for his return to the U.S. Senate as soon as possible.”

Kirk’s office last week released a photo of the senator, who doctors said is “mentally sharp” and meeting with his staff everyday.

In January Kirk checked himself into a hospital, and doctors later discovered he had suffered an ischemic stroke, which occurs when an obstruction in an artery prevents blood flow to the brain.

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Ed O’Keefe is covering the 2016 presidential campaign, with a focus on Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates. He's covered presidential and congressional politics since 2008. Off the trail, he's covered Capitol Hill, federal agencies and the federal workforce, and spent a brief time covering the war in Iraq.


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