U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk to return to Congress in January

November 7, 2012

The Associated Press

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk is setting his priorities for his return to Washington.

Kirk hasn't been back to the U.S. Senate since suffering a stroke earlier this year, but WLS TV reports he's planning to return in January.

Kirk tells WLS that he will make a ban on dumping sewage in the Great Lakes his priority for this Congress.

The 53-year-old Republican discussed his plans when he stopped at a polling place in the Chicago suburb of Highwood to cast his ballot Tuesday. He used a cane as he walked to the polls and greeted well-wishers.

Kirk's says he's feeling good after he climbed 37 floors of the Willis Tower on Sunday for a Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago fundraiser. He admits he took a long nap after the event.