10th District Congressman John Porter's staff in the late 1980s, including now Senator Mark Kirk, to the far right. Former staffers say Kirk's late January stroke reminded them of life's fragility, and caused them to rekindle their friendships.
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“We should really get together,” the onetime staffers in former North suburban U.S. Rep. John Porter’s office would say, year after year. But life interceded, until news of U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk’s stroke helped rekindle the close-knit relationships they developed on Capitol Hill nearly three decades earlier.