President Barack Obama will visit Springfield today and deliver a speech to the Illinois General Assembly. White House press secretary Josh Earnest says the speech likely won’t include detailed suggestions on how to end the state budget impasse, but instead will encourage members, and all Illinoisans, to work together to solve problems.
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin is scheduled to be there and says it's a big day:
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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says he and the president are dealing with many of the same political challenges:
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This isn’t the first presidential visit to the General Assembly. President Jimmy Carter spoke to state lawmakers in May 1978. Obama is scheduled to begin speaking at 1:30 p.m. His speech will not be open to the public, with only invited guests, elected officials and people with credentials being allowed inside the House chamber.