Kirk Heads Home From Rehab Center

Will continue out-patient therapy.


Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk is headed to the home of a family member today (May 3) to continue his recovery from a stroke , according to a statement by his family as reported by the website Politico.com.

According to Politico, the family's statement read, “We are happy to say that after suffering a stroke in January, Mark has progressed to the point where he can move home with his family. He will continue to work on his recovery as an out-patient at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. He has begun a rigorous walking study program to further his mobility and independence while maintaining his schedule with staff.

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. We also thank everyone who has shared their prayers and wishes for his return to the U.S. Senate as soon as possible,” the statement added.

Politico reported Kirk, 52, will stay at the homes of various family members.

However, the website added that Kirk had a lift installed at his Highland Park home to navigate stairs, and he’s using a cane for assistance.

is still a question mark, after living full-time at .

Kirk’s office released a photo of the senator April 24 for the first time since he suffered a stroke. There were concerns that the left side of Kirk's body would be partially paralyzed, according to Politico. His rehab has focused on tasks such as climbing stairs, walking hallways and getting in and out of cars.

A. M. Kelly May 04, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Umm...How 'bout government paid health care that does NOT "let illegals get treated for free"?....How about "we the people" who PAY for the government, give ourselves what EVERY other western industrialized nation has?...or would you rather, for instance, deny veterans healthcare because it's "socialist"?....It is, you know...So is Medicare...Would you like your parents and grandparents to stop enjoying the medicare program we all pay into, because it's "socialist"? The fact is, most on the Right, are very confused about the word "socialism" and couldn't even define it if asked. The reason we do not have tax payer funded healthcare -- something we ALL would benefit from, is not because it's "socialist", it's because the CEOs of health insurance companies don't want to lose their multi-million dollar salaries. They don 't want to lose the "profit" they make from denying claims, so they try to scare you with ill-informed bs about "socialism"... It's about MONEY, Catherine, not ideology, and if you don't believe me, watch the movie "Sicko"..You'll see how Big Insurance keeps the health care system in this country rated WAY below that of others (We're rated at # 37 in the world...One step below Slovenia -- no kidding).
Norma Holmes May 04, 2012 at 04:59 PM
All Politics aside - - I wish Senator Kirk a continued speedy recovery. A couple of my friends have suffered strokes and come back magnificently - I wish him similar results!
Dave Smith May 04, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Having had a stroke myself, I wish Mr. Kirk a speedy recovery. That having been said as an Illinois resident I have to wonder why he is still a U.S. Senator. I remember the all the howling when Rep. Giffords took a year to decide that she could no longer perform her duties and every conservative republican on the face of the earth stated that she should have been gone six months ago. Is Senator Kirk fairly representing the interests of Illinois? Probably not. Would he have the same coddling if he was working in private industry? Heck no. It is time for Senator Kirk to step down for his position and for Governor Quinn to appoint someone to fill out Kirk's term.
Mary Ann Phillips May 04, 2012 at 07:19 PM
I agree with Norma -- my thoughts are with Senator Kirk and his family as he continues his recovery. His progress thus far is a testament to his strength and determination. Get well soon, Senator!
Judy Yublosky May 10, 2012 at 03:56 PM
I agree with you, Norma. Senator Kirk has suffered a major debilitating illness. I wish him a speedy and complete recovery.


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