Sen. Mark Kirk's medical condition was upgraded Monday to "good" condition, two weeks after having an ischemic stroke.
The junior senator from Illinois visited with family on Sunday and even watched the Super Bowl, said his doctor at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Richard Fessler.
"Senator Kirk is making good progress in his recovery," said Fessler. "We anticipate he will be able to start the rehabilitation phase soon. We are very pleased with his continued improvement."
At a press conference Monday, Sen. Dick Durbin repeated news he told NBC Chicago last week: that he hasn't yet seen Kirk personally but continues to be in touch with Kirk's office.
"I've been through this in my own family. You're not entertaining visitors after brain surgery," Durbin told the gathered reporters. "Mark Kirk is going to be back. He's young. He is strong. This is a tough challenge, but I have every confidence that he'll be returning to the United States Senate and will be fully productive.