Illinois US Senator Mark Kirk kept a pledge he made last spring, after suffering a major stroke a year ago, climbing the Capitol steps and walking into the Senate Chamber. WGLT's Washington Correspondent Hanna Gutmann was there.
Senator Kirk climbed the 45 steps on the senate side of the capitol using a four-progned cane. More than 70 members of Congress looked on and applauded. Vice President Biden and Majority Whip Dick Durbin met him at the top. "It's miraculous," says Biden. "I made that same walk in 1989 after being out 7 months. And the courage he showed is incredible."
"It's amazing," says Durbin. "Literally it's a miracle that he survived and he's here today, a year later and back in the senate. I think he's going to draw strength from being home again and in his job."
Kirk was a mentor to central Illinois Republican Aaron Schock. "It's exciting. It reminds you of how life is fragile. He's obviously made a remarkable comeback."
Kirk was escorted to his senate desk to watch Biden swearing in new senators.
(photo courtesy U.S Representative Adam Kinzinger, IL-16)
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