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Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) - (Getty/Chip Somodevilla)

Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) – (Getty/Chip Somodevilla)

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CHICAGO (AP)- U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk has released a second video message detailing his recovery after a January stroke, saying he’s in contact with his office several times a day and has climbed 145 flights of stairs.

The three-minute video was released Sunday. It’s his second since he began rehabilitation.

The video shows scenes of the Republican senator walking up stairs with help and speaking from his Fort Sheridan home. His office says he recently completed a 9-week mobility study at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. During the study he walked nearly 15 miles and climbed stairs.

In the video, Kirk says he’s in touch with his office several times daily and is helping Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin find a replacement for U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald who’s announced his resignation.

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