Reaction to Illinois Sen. Kirk suffering stroke 

Doctors said Monday that U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk from Illinois underwent surgery to relieve swelling from a stroke. Reaction from Illinois officials, lawmakers and family:

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"We are very grateful for the excellent treatment and care provided by the doctors and their medical teams at both Lake Forest Hospital and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. We are equally grateful for the love and support of our family and friends. We are very encouraged by the prognosis. Mark has always shown great courage and resilience and we are confident that the fighter in him will prevail." — Statement from Kirk's family.

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"I was stunned to learn that Mark suffered a stroke. He is young and in good physical condition and I have no doubt he will make a speedy recovery. I have reached out to his staff and offered to do anything I can to help with his Senate duties. Loretta and I will keep Mark and his family in our prayers." — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois.

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"Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the senator and his family as we wish him a swift and strong recovery. We can all take comfort knowing that as a Navy commander, Sen. Kirk knows how to fight and he will fight through this to return to his work on behalf of the people of Illinois as quickly as possible." — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn.

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"I am extremely distressed by the news that my friend Mark Kirk is hospitalized for emergency medical treatment. I wish him a speedy recovery and a swift return to the U.S. Senate chamber, so he can continue his important work for the people of Illinois and all the people of the United States." — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

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"He's young and in very good health. And I wish him a full and speedy recovery and look forward to his returning to his work here in the Senate as soon as possible." — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat.

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"It's at moments like these that we're all reminded of how fragile life is and that there are far more important things in life than politics. So we send Mark and his family our prayers and our wishes for a speedy recovery." — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican.

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"It's a shock to think of anyone as active and energetic as Mark suffering a stroke, and my heart goes out to his family and friends. It was a tremendous relief to hear that his doctors believe the chances are very good that he will be able to return to his duties, and I truly hope that the physical aspect of his recovery is complete as well. The weeks ahead will surely hold many challenges, but if there is anyone who can be counted on to meet them, it is Mark." — U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski, Illinois' 3rd District.

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"It's never easy to see a good friend and colleague go through such a sudden and difficult medical situation. The reports that Mark's surgery was successful this morning is very welcome news during this tough time." — U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, Illinois' 18th district.

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"As a commander in the United States Navy, he's fighting to protect our borders and our way of life. And today he is fighting to make sure that he can come back to the United States Senate to do and work on the things that he holds dear. I join with all of my colleagues in hopes he will be back here shortly. I welcome the opportunity to walk across the aisle down here across the capitol and welcome my friend back." — U.S. Rep. Robert Dold, Illinois' 10th District.

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"Like anyone who knows Senator Kirk, I am stunned and saddened to hear about his recent stroke. But if there is one thing I have learned about Mark over the years, it's that he is a fighter and relentless in his efforts to accomplish a goal. Those attributes will serve him well in working toward a rapid recovery. My thoughts and prayers are with him." — Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka.

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"I join all Illinoisans today in praying for Senator Mark Kirk and his family and staff. Mark has always been a tireless fighter in our military and in Congress, and I know that continues today with his recovery." — Illinois Republican Party chairman Pat Brady.

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"My thoughts and prayers are with Senator Kirk and his family during this time. I hope he makes complete, safe, and speedy recovery." — U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh of Illinois' 8th District.

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"My thoughts and prayers are with Senator Kirk and his loved ones. I hope that he makes a complete and speedy recovery and quickly returns to serving the people of Illinois." — U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren of Illinois' 14th District.

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"Senator Kirk is one of Illinois' most dedicated and hard-working champions, and it's hard to imagine that anything could slow him down for long. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, staff, and friends right now. All of us in the delegation are pulling for his full and speedy recovery. Senator Kirk is a fighter, and I am confident he will battle through this." — U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert of Illinois' 13th District.

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"My heartfelt prayers go out today for a full recovery for my friend, U.S. Senator Mark Kirk. I have confidence that the doctors and nurses treating him will provide the best possible care allowing him to quickly return to serve the people of Illinois." — Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford.

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