President Barack Obama is coming back to Springfield to speak to the Illinois General Assembly, something leaders from both sides in the House welcome. In a travel advisory provided to Illinois Radio Network the White House says “in the final year of his second term, the President looks forward to addressing the Illinois General Assembly on February 10th about what we can do, together, to build a better politics -- one that reflects our better selves.”
A spokesman for Speaker Michael Madigan simply said “the Speaker’s very pleased,” but didn’t elaborate. A statement from leading Republican Representative Jim Durkin says it’s not common that a sitting President addresses a state legislature, something Durkin quote “warmly welcomes.” Durkin writes his hope “is that his remarks on building better politics will echo loudly in the Illinois House chamber where politics, rather than substance, has dominated this legislative session.”
President Obama served in the Illinois General Assembly as a state Senator before going off to be U.S. Senator for Illinois and later President of the United States.