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In video, Kirk urges 
action on credit rating

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

SPRINGFIELD – Sen. Mark Kirk released a video calling for “decisive bipartisan action” to prevent further reductions in Illinois’ credit ratings.

The Republican senator did not spell out what action he thought was necessary. State officials are deadlocked over how to lower pension costs, which are a major factor in the state’s declining credit ratings.

As a federal official, Kirk has no formal role in fixing the state’s financial problems.

But in the video released Tuesday, he said the problems affect everyone in Illinois.

Kirk suffered a major stroke in January and is now undergoing physical rehabilitation. Kirk said he talks to his staff several times a day about key issues and gets email updates from the Senate’s Republican leader.

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