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Mark Kirk Setting Priorities for Return to Senate

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This is the first photo of Sen. Mark Kirk since he suffered a stroke in January.  Photo was taken in April. (Credit: Rehabilitation Institute Of Chicago)

This is the first photo of Sen. Mark Kirk since he suffered a stroke in January. Photo was taken in April. (Credit: Rehabilitation Institute Of Chicago)

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HIGHWOOD, Ill. (AP) – U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk is setting his priorities for his return to Washington.

Kirk hasn’t been back to the U.S. Senate since suffering a stroke earlier this year, but WLS TV reports he’s planning to return in January.

Kirk tells WLS that banning sewage dumping in the Great Lakes will be his priority for this Congress.

The 53-year-old Republican discussed his plans when he stopped at a polling place in the Chicago suburb of Highwood to cast his ballot Tuesday. He used a cane as he walked to the polls and greeted well-wishers.

Kirk’s says he’s feeling good after his appearance at the Willis Tower on Sunday for a Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago fundraiser, although he admits he took a long nap after climbing 37 floors.

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