CHICAGO — A physician who treated U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk after a 2012 stroke says the Illinois Republican “has made a full cognitive recovery.”

Kirk’s campaign released a letter from Kirk’s neurosurgeon to the Chicago Sun-Times (http://bit.ly/2cuEzDz ) in response to a request from the newspaper seeking medical records from Kirk and his re-election challenger, Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth.

The letter says Kirk has no use of his left arm or hand and limited use of his left leg, but the stroke didn’t affect the side of his brain that controls “cognitive and verbal functions.”

The release comes as the health of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump has become an issue in the presidential race.

A spokesman for Duckworth, who lost both legs in Iraq, says her records are being compiled.


Information from: Chicago Sun-Times, http://chicago.suntimes.com/