President Barack Obama will return next month to the city where he formally announced his bid for the presidency nine years ago to deliver an address to the Illinois General Assembly. In the Capitol where Obama served as a state senator, the White House says he’ll speak about “what we can do together to build a better politics.” His visit on February 10th will come as lawmakers and Governor Bruce Rauner continue to grapple in a stalemate that has left the state without a budget since last summer.
Regarding the President’s stop in Springfield, Governor Rauner said the following:
“I look forward to welcoming President Obama to the State Capitol and hearing him speak about finding common ground between Republicans and Democrats. Despite our political differences, the President and I share a passion for improving education, especially for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, a belief in the benefits of term limits and redistricting reform for restoring good government, and a strong desire to see more economic opportunity for all Illinoisans. I know we can achieve great things for Illinois by having mutual respect for one another and focusing on bipartisan compromise to achieve what’s best for the long-term future of our great state.”