WBEZ | kirk http://www.wbez.org/tags/kirk Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Rep. Hultgren: Kirk's recovery going well http://www.wbez.org/news/rep-hultgren-kirks-recovery-going-well-98143 <p><p>Illinois U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk is still recovering after suffering a stroke in January, but information about how he's doing is hard to come by.<br><br>Reporters gathered in Sen. Kirk's downtown Chicago office Wednesday for a news conference on the state's debt crisis. But it wasn't Kirk, or even a member of his staff, who was there - it was Rep. Randy Hultgren.<br><br>Hultgren said he hasn't spoken to Kirk directly, but he has heard positive things about his recovery.<br><br>"Everything I hear is very good, it's going to be a long process, but I know he's a fighter," he said. "We need him back as quickly as possible but we also need him to do everything he needs to do to be back to full health.<br><br>When asked if there was anyone on Kirk's staff that has actually spoken to or seen the Senator, Hultgren replied:<br><br>"Okay. We'll put that request in, any other questions while we're waiting? I don't have anybody in the room to be able to respond to that."</p><p>Hultgren said he wasn't sure when the senator would be back to work.<br><br>Kirk's staff later said updates on the senator's condition can only come from his doctors at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. The RIC referred to a progress report from February 24th, a statement that reads, "Senator Kirk is fully engaged in his rehabilitation program and making improvements in walking and other activities."</p></p> Wed, 11 Apr 2012 13:31:28 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/rep-hultgren-kirks-recovery-going-well-98143 Republicans celebrate victories in Illinois http://www.wbez.org/story/election/republicans-celebrate-victories-illinois <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2010-November/2010-11-03/kirk 004.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Republicans are taking a victory lap in Chicago today.</p><p>U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk and Robert Dold greeted commuters at Ogilvie Transportation Center this morning. Kirk and Dold called out &quot;thank you&quot; over and over to people as they streamed off their trains. In return, many commuters offered the pair hand shakes and thumbs ups.</p><p>&quot;Very proud of you,&quot; one woman said. &quot;Good luck. Change the country.&quot;</p><p>Kirk took President Obama's old U.S. Senate seat, and Dold won Kirk's seat in the House. Kirk called the vote a &quot;stunning rebuke&quot; to Democratic leaders in Congress.</p><p>&quot;But partisanship now should be set aside on behalf of principled economic leadership, lower the debt, cut spending, make sure that taxes don't come up,&quot; Kirk said. &quot;And if independent-minded Democrats agree, then build a strong bipartisan coalition behind that.&quot;</p><p>Their victories were part of a strong showing for Republicans nationally. In Illinois, they gained seats in the U.S. House, as well as the Senate post.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 03 Nov 2010 16:52:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/election/republicans-celebrate-victories-illinois