President Obama to visit Springfield amid budget impasse


By Monique Garcia, Chicago Tribune

President Barack Obama will return to his old stomping grounds Feb. 10 and deliver an address to the Illinois General Assembly.

Obama will talk about “what we can do, together, to build a better politics — one that reflects our better selves,” according to a travel advisory from the White House. The visit will come nine years after Obama announced his candidacy for president, and amid a historic budget impasse between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats who control the General Assembly.

Rauner name-checked the president during his annual State of the State address this week, citing his support for term limits and changing how legislative districts are drawn — ideas that ruling Democrats have resisted.


Obama served as an Illinois state senator from 1997 until he was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2004.


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