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Wednesday, Feb 13, 2013 at 9:30 AM
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By BJ Lutz

Obama, Kirk Exchange Exploding Fist Bump

As Obama advanced toward the podium to give his State of the Union address Tuesday, he spied Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk, ushered Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey out of the way, and offered the... Read »

Friday, Feb 8, 2013 at 11:25 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Kirk Invites Therapist to State of the Union

Kirk Invites Therapist to State of the Union

Senator invited Mike Klonowski because he wants to highlight the work physical therapists do, spokesman said. Read »

Thursday, Jan 3, 2013 at 9:23 AM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Kirk To Return To Senate After Major Stroke

Illinois senator credits his staff at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago for pushing him when he thought he couldn't do it. Read »

Monday, Sep 10, 2012 at 11:27 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Congress Returns to Work; Sen. Kirk Stays Home

Congress Returns to Work; Sen. Kirk Stays Home

Sen. Mark Kirk's office said Monday the Republican will continue to work from his home in Illinois as he continues to recover from his January stroke. Read »

Friday, Jul 27, 2012 at 6:55 PM
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By Mitchell Grogg

Kirk Thanks Medical Team

Kirk Thanks Medical Team

Kirk has been recovering from a stroke at home since May. Read »

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 5:23 PM
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By BJ Lutz, Mary Ann Ahern

Sen. Kirk Visits With Polish President

Sen. Kirk Visits With Polish President

The two men met in Kirk's Chicago office, where Kirk was awarded the Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland. Read »

Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 3:25 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Kirk Releases First Post-Stroke Video

An online video released Tuesday gives a glimpse into the damage a January stroke did to Sen. Mark Kirk's body and the extent to which he's recovered in just three months. Read »

Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 7:41 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Kirk Returns Home After Stroke

Three months after suffering a stroke, Sen. Mark Kirk is "home with family" to continue his rehabilitation, his staff said Thursday. "We are happy to say that after suffering a stroke in January, Mark has... Read »

Thursday, Apr 26, 2012 at 3:45 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Kirk Working on Iran Bill During Recovery

Kirk Working on Iran Bill During Recovery

Sen. Mark Kirk is unable to be in Washington as he recovers from the stroke he suffered, but he apparently is working behind the scenes to shape an Iran sanctions bill. Read »

Thursday, Apr 26, 2012 at 3:46 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

First Post-Stroke Photo of Mark Kirk Released

The first photo of Sen. Mark Kirk was released Tuesday, three months after the Illinois Republican suffered a stroke. Kirk's staff also offered a more comprehensive update on his progress. “Senator Kirk remains... Read »

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