U.S. Sen. Mark S. Kirk (R-Ill., pictured) is back on the job. After suffering a stroke in January of last year, Kirk returned to the Senate Thursday, using a cane to walk the 45 steps up to the Capitol, accompanied by the president of the Senate, Vice President Joe Biden.
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“It’s miraculous. I made this same walk in 1989 after being out seven months (with a brain aneurysm), and the courage he showed is incredible,” he said. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) says he expects his colleague will be able to do his job. “You bet he will. You be it. We’ll be working together as we always have,” he said. Kirk received applause from fellow members of Congress as he was escorted into the Senate chamber. He paused to greet well-wishers and he waved and smiled. He hasn’t yet done any public speaking.