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Kirk’s office visit first since stroke

Published: Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012 1:15 a.m. CDT

WASHINGTON (AP) – Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk has briefly returned to his Senate office for the first time since suffering a stroke last January.

His office says the Illinois Republican spent about a half hour meeting with aides on Thursday in advance of his anticipated return to work Jan. 3.

The 53-year-old lawmaker’s stroke limited movement on the left side of his body and affected his speech.

He underwent emergency surgery and has since had treatment including vigorous experimental therapy with longer workouts than usual for stroke victims.

Last month, Kirk made his first public appearance since the stroke, climbing 37 floors inside Chicago’s Willis Tower as part of a charity event.

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