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Illinois senator Kirk on road to recovery

July 28, 2012 at 1:36 PM
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CHICAGO, July 28 (UPI) -- Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., said he was hard at work on his rehabilitation from a stroke that nearly killed him this winter.

Kirk, 52, who has been largely out of sight since he was stricken in January, said in a written statement he was walking and working out on a stair climbing , machine to build up his endurance and mobility.

"I walked an average of 3,677 steps per day, a total of 14.79 miles over ground and on the treadmill, and up 145 flights of stairs," Kirk calculated.

The rigorous program is part of a trial on the benefits of walking under way at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, the Chicago Tribune said Saturday.

The newspaper noted Kirk, a naval reserve intelligence officer, made no predictions on when he might resume his Senate duties.

Kirk met face-to-face Thursday with Rep. Judy Biggert, R-Ill., at his home in Highland Park. Biggert told the Tribune her colleague looked good. "He's doing well," she said. "I think he's eager to get back, but I imagine that he will return (to Washington) whenever the doctors tell him he can."

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