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Kirk 'politically smart' to stay home from convention, expert says

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Mark Kirk in 2010 when he was a congressman.

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A video screen shot of Mark Kirk during a rehab session at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

Richard Fessler, a neurosurgeon at Northwestern Memorial Hospital who performed surgery on U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk after he suffered a stroke, answers questions about the senator's conditions at a news conference Jan. 23.

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Sen. Mark Kirk of Highland Park, eight months into his recovery from a serious stroke, is skipping the Republican National Convention this week in Tampa. In a Daily Herald survey of Illinois delegates to the GOP National Convention, a majority say they are "not at all concerned" with Kirk's absence from his duties, and an expert calls it "politcally smart."
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    • Mark Kirk in 2010 when he was a congressman.
    • A video screen shot of Mark Kirk during a rehab session at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.
    • Richard Fessler, a neurosurgeon at Northwestern Memorial Hospital who performed surgery on U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk after he suffered a stroke, answers questions about the senatorís conditions at a news conference Jan. 23.
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