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Sen. Mark Kirk says "rehab works" after stroke

Published: Friday, May 3, 2013 4:00 p.m. CST

NORTH CHICAGO (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 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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