Mark Kirk U.S. Senator for Illinois
This week I continued my #AugustofAction [link 2] in Chicago,
Springfield, and Decatur. Here are a few of the stops I made:
In Chicago I met with local seniors to
discuss combating Medicare Fraud using a Common Access Card [link 4].
With their social security number prominently displayed on the front of
their Medicare cards, Illinois seniors are at a high risk of becoming
a victim of identity fraud. The Common Access Card would ensure that
all seniors have the same level of identification security as our
active duty men and women.
In Springfield, I stopped at the
Illinois State Fair to talk to Illinois residents about why we need
comprehensive reform to restore faith in American credit [link 6]. Did you
know that Illinois' credit rating is only slightly higher than
I also challenged 1450
AM's Sam Madonia to an Illinois State Fair Food Challenge [link 8],
where we tasted 14 different foods from across Illinois. What's your
favorite Illinois food? Tweet at me [link 9] or share your photo from the
state fair on Instagram using #ILFairFoodContest [link 10].
Later that day, I visited
Memorial Medical Center [link 12] where I discussed the importance of
medical research and access to rehabilitation with doctors and stroke
survivors. As a stroke survivor, I know firsthand how important
facilities like Memorial Medical Center are to helping Americans return to
work after suffering a debilitating injury.
On Friday, I visited Decatur Memorial Hospital [link
14] where we discussed new technology that will help patients return to
work after suffering a debilitating injury. The hospital has been
recognized with the Gold Plus Award by the American Heart Association and
the American Stroke Association.
For more photos and videos of my
stops, you can *follow along during my August trip across our state*
using this interactive map on my website [link 15] or on Facebook [link
16], Twitter [link 17], Instagram [link 18] and Tumblr [link 19] with
#AugustofAction [link 20]:
During the rest of my
#AugustofAction [link 22], I'll be traveling to Rockford, Marion and everywhere
in between. I look forward to continuing my conversations with you
about how I can fight for you in Washington. Together we can get our
country back on track by reducing the size of our government and
empowering all Americans.
To learn more about my work on your behalf and my
#AugustofAction [link 23], please visit my website [link 24].
real-time updates, please join me on social media:
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It is an honor to represent you in the Senate.
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United States Senator
P.S. In case you missed it, last week I
stopped in Waukegan to announce the completion of the Waukegan Harbor
cleanup [link 30], visited the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago to discuss
cleaning up the Great Lakes [link 31], announced a partnership with local
pastors [link 32] to keep children safe and met with small business
leaders in Oak Brook [link 33] to discuss how the federal government can
empower small businesses.