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Sen. Mark Kirk's aide: From caregiver to campaign worker

Sen. Mark Kirk's aide: From caregiver to campaign worker

Sen. Mark Kirk, who has needed help with some everyday tasks such as preparing meals and physically getting around since suffering a debilitating stroke in 2012, put his live-in caregiver onto his campaign payroll, according to records and interviews. While on Kirk's payroll, the caregiver twice came under criminal investigation — convicted in one case while the other is still pending in court. Kirk's placement of his caregiver — who had no prior campaign experience — onto his campaign staff raises questions about whether Kirk used political donations to pay for personal expenses. Campaign finance records show that Kirk for Senate had paid his caregiver a...

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