Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka has died, less than 24 hours after suffering a stroke.
Emergency planners around Illinois must still work out the final details, but a law passed four years to give stroke patients better treatment could soon take effect.
US Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) has suffered a stroke and remains sedated at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.
His neurosurgeon believes the 52-year old senator has a very good shot at making a full mental recovery.
Northwestern neurosurgeon Dr. Richard Fessler said Kirk suffered a "dry stroke," in which sections of the right side of his brain were deprived of blood.