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Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois suffers stroke, but official work can continue while he recovers
CHICAGO (AP) ' As Senator Mark Kirk begins his recovery from a stroke, his staff and colleagues are stepping up to ensure the Illinois Republican leader's interests are addressed. But some of Kirk's high-profile duties such as actually voting can only be done by him.
Kirk suffered a stroke over the weekend and had surgery that included removing a portion of his skull to relieve pressure from swelling. Kirk's neurosurgeon said Monday the 52-year-old first-term senator has a good chance of a full cognitive recovery but warned that it would be "very difficult" for him to regain movement in his left arm.
It's not clear when Kirk might return to his official duties, and in the meantime the GOP will have one less vote in the chamber where Democrats hold a 51-47 advantage.