Our View: Kudos to returning U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk
Thumbs up: To Illinois U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, who climbed the Capitol steps Thursday on the first day of the 113th Congress. Kirk, a Republican, suffered a debilitating stroke almost a year ago and completed intensive rehabilitation while keeping constituents updated through video messages. The 45 steps in front of the Capitol were perhaps the least difficult of his rehabilitation, but there are plenty of new challenges awaiting him (and other senators) in the New Year. We wish him the best.