Sen. Mark Kirk released from rehab

May 3, 2012

Illinois' junior U.S.  Senator Mark Kirk is moving home from a local rehab center after suffering a stroke in January.

Kirk's office says the Republican senator has "progressed to the point where he can move home with his family."

His office sent out a statement today at the request of Kirk's family. The senator has been recovering at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and will continue to do so, but as an out-patient.

Part of Kirk's skull was removed following the surgery to alleviate pressure, but doctors have said he's "mentally sharp."

Those who have spoken to Kirk -- like his counterpart, Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin -- say he sounds normal.
But doctors have said Kirk could have trouble moving the left side of his body.

The statement from Kirk's office didn't have any information as to when Kirk might return to the Senate.