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Durbin Helping Kirk's Team on Bills

Kirk upgraded to "fair" condition earlier this week



    Sen. Dick Durbin said he hasn't yet met with his colleague in the U.S. Senate, who's recovering from a stroke, but said he has been in touch with Sen. Mark Kirk's staff. (Published Friday, Feb. 3, 2012)

    Sen. Dick Durbin said Friday he's been working with Sen. Mark Kirk's office to advance bills his colleague proposed before his medical emergency.

    "Let's move 'em. Mark can't be here, but they're good ideas, and he should at least know that we haven't forgotten his good ideas and want to help push them forward," Durbin said after speaking at the 3rd Annual STEM Summit at Oak Park and River Forest High School.

    Kirk had an ischemic stroke two weekends ago and has undergone two surgeries to relieve swelling of the brain. Though serious, his condition earlier this week was upgraded to "fair."

    Durbin, the senior senator from Illinois, said he hasn't yet had an opportunity to visit personally with his colleague.

    "He's not in a position for regular conversation with visitors. He has family and friends who are with him on a regular basis and I just ask [them] how he's doing," said Durbin.

    Kirk remains in the Intensive Care Unit at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.