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Illinois officials react to Mark Kirk’s stroke

Updated: January 23, 2012 1:20PM



CHICAGO — Doctors said Monday that U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk from Illinois has underwent surgery to relieve swelling from a stroke. Reaction from Illinois officials:

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“I was stunned to learn that Mark suffered a stroke. He is young and in good physical condition and I have no doubt he will make a speedy recovery. I have reached out to his staff and offered to do anything I can to help with his Senate duties. Loretta and I will keep Mark and his family in our prayers.” — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois.

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“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 Gov. Pat Quinn.

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“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.” — Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka.

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“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.” — Illinois Republican Party chairman Pat Brady.

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“My thoughts and prayers are with Senator Kirk and his family during this time. I hope he makes complete, safe, and speedy recovery.” — U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh of Illinois’ 8th District.

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“My thoughts and prayers are with Senator Kirk and his loved ones. I hope that he makes a complete and speedy recovery and quickly returns to serving the people of Illinois.” — U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren of Illinois’ 14th District.

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“Senator Kirk is one of Illinois’ most dedicated and hard-working champions, and it’s hard to imagine that anything could slow him down for long. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, staff, and friends right now. All of us in the delegation are pulling for his full and speedy recovery. Senator Kirk is a fighter, and I am confident he will battle through this.” — U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert of Illinois’ 13th District.

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