U.S. Senator Kirk suffers stroke

Illinois Comptroller Judy Barr Topinka: Kirk is a fighter 


CHICAGO, IL – U.S. Senator Mark Kirk suffered a stroke on Saturday.   A spokesperson for Kirk released the following statement today 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 GOP Chairman Pat Brady and Illinois Comptroller Judy Barr Topinka issued statements regarding news that Kirk has suffered a stroke

Said Brady: “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.”  

Topinka released the following statement Monday offering “thoughts and prayers to colleague.”

“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.”

Kirk is the junior senator from Illinois. He won the senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama.