Illinois senator Kirk on road to recovery

July 28, 2012 at 1:36 PM
| License Photo

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."

Related UPI Stories
Topics: Mark Kirk
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded to DNA cell repair pioneers
U.S. oil production to decline
U.S. asks how Islamic State militants got so many Toyotas
At least 17 dead in Carolinas, more flooding expected
NASA releases thousands of Apollo mission photos on Flickr