Senator Mark Kirk returning to work - – Rockford’s News Leader

Senator Mark Kirk returning to work


Almost a year after suffering a major stroke, United States Senator Mark Kirk is returning to work.

Kirk is expected to return to Washington this week. The Republican has spent the last year recovering from a January 2012 stroke that left him with severely limited movement on his left side and affected speech.

Part of Kirk's recovery included a medical study that involved intense walking therapy. According to Dr. Elliot Roth of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago's New Patient Recovery Unit, only about one-third of stroke victims return to work.

Kirk was elected to the Senate by the state of Illinois in 2010.

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