* Excellent news…
A week after Sen. Mark Kirk suffered a stroke, doctors Monday said his condition has been upgraded to fair.
“Senator Kirk’s recovery is continuing,” said Northwestern Hospital’s Dr. Richard Fessler in a statement. “He is alert, talking and responding well to questions. He has been upgraded to fair condition and we are very pleased with his progress.”
* ADDED: Kirk, Giffords’ stories intertwine again, after stroke
* As Kirk recovers, Illinois GOP launches plan he helped fine-tune: “Everything we’re executing is the plan we worked out with him, what we’re going to do,” Illinois GOP chair Pat Brady.
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