Sen. Kirk has stroke; pols weigh in

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

A spokesperson for Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) today released a statement regarding the Senator's medical condition:

"On Saturday, Senator Kirk checked himself into Lake Forest Hospital, where doctors discovered a carotid artery dissection in the right side of his neck.  He was transferred to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, where further tests revealed that he had suffered an ischemic stroke.  Early this morning the Senator underwent surgery to relieve swelling around his brain stemming from the stroke. The surgery was successful. Due to his young age, good health and the nature of the stroke, doctors are very confident in the Senator's recovery over the weeks ahead."

Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady issued the following statement regarding news that U.S. Senator Mark Kirk has suffered a stroke:

“I join all Illinoisans today in praying for Senator Mark Kirk and his family and staff. Mark has always been a tireless fighter in our military and in Congress, and I know that continues today with his recovery.”

Governor Pat Quinn today released a statement regarding Senator Mark Kirk, who suffered a stroke this weekend.

“Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the senator and his family as we wish him a swift and strong recovery. We can all take comfort knowing that as a Navy commander, Sen. Kirk knows how to fight and he will fight through this to return to his work on behalf of the people of Illinois as quickly as possible.”

Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka released the following statement Monday in response to the announcement of a stroke suffered by U.S. Senator Mark Kirk:

"Like anyone who knows Senator Kirk, I am stunned and saddened to hear about his recent stroke. But if there is one thing I have learned about Mark over the years, it's that he is a fighter and relentless in his efforts to accomplish a goal. Those attributes will serve him well in working toward a rapid recovery. My thoughts and prayers are with him."