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Sen. Kirk Says Rehab Working After Stroke

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Nearly a year after suffering an major stroke, Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) (2nd L) waves to friends and supporters as he marks his return to the Senate by walking up the steps to the Senate door with (L-R) Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Joe Manchin (R-WV) and Senate Minority Whip Richard Durbin (D-IL) at the U.S. Capitol January 3, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Getty/Chip Somodevilla)

Nearly a year after suffering an major stroke, Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) (2nd L) waves to friends and supporters as he marks his return to the Senate by walking up the steps to the Senate door with (L-R) Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Joe Manchin (R-WV) and Senate Minority Whip Richard Durbin (D-IL) at the U.S. Capitol January 3, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Getty/Chip Somodevilla)

NORTH CHICAGO, Ill. (AP) U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk says rehab worked after he suffered a stroke last year.

The Illinois senator spoke Friday at a charter school in the northern Chicago suburbs along with fellow Sen. Dick Durbin. Kirk was asked about his health. On Friday he used a wheel chair at the school. He told the students “rehab works.”

Kirk says he usually walks a block every morning at his Lake Forest home as part of his rehabilitation. The News-Sun in Waukegan reports (http://bit.ly/1253HE9) that the senator said the walk used to take 18 minutes, but “yesterday it took 8 minutes.”

In January, Kirk climbed 45 steps outside the Capitol in Washington to reach the Senate floor.

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