Sen. Kirk says stroke changed perspective on Medicaid

"I will look much more carefully at the Illinois Medicaid program to see how my fellow citizens are being cared for who have no income and if they suffer from a stroke," Kirk said.

Kirk, 53, will return to the Capitol Thursday for the first time since a stroke left him almost unable to move the left side of his body in January 2012.

Doctors say a blocked artery caused the ischemic stroke. Kirk has spent most of the last year in rehabilitation, on a treadmill.

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