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Sen. Kirk Makes First Appearance Downstate After Stroke

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk today made his first appearance in Springfield after suffering a stroke last year.
   
He delivered the keynote speech at the Republican Day rally at the Illinois State Fair.
   
Kirk isn't endorsing a candidate, but said the next governor should be a fiscal conservative who makes sure the state can pay its bills.
   
He's encouraging his fellow Republicans to never give up in their quest to rebuild the party and regain control from Democrats.

"The state is too valuable to give up on," Kirk said. "Our policies of spending less and taxing less and saving more are the ones that would prevent what happened to Detroit here in Illinois. And so I have a message of optimism that people shouldn't give up on Illinois."

Kirk's stroke caused partial paralysis. He said he's reaching out to other stroke patients in Illinois. Kirk said he wants to create a national objective for anyone who has a stroke. He wants to ensure they're able to return to work with dignity.

 
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