President Obama to speak to a joint session of Illinois legislature

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SPRINGFIELD, IL (KTVI) - President Barack Obama will be greeted by cold blustery weather when he returns to Springfield Illinois Wednesday. The president will make a rare speech before the Illinois state legislature where he began his political career. Nine years ago then U.S. Senator Obama chose Springfield as the location to announce his plans to run for president. That took place outside the old State Capitol also in Springfield. Illinois is in the midst of a political impasse and has failed to approve a state budget for eight months. It is not known if President Obama will appeal to legislators to forge a compromise.

The press secretary for Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan is making arrangements for the president's visit. Steve Brown said "I've seen comments from the president's press secretary who says he is not going to attempt to be a backseat driver.” Brown added, "I think that's because there are some clear issues here about the budget impasse." Steve Brown believes President Obama will talk about how things are better when people work together in a collaborative way.

The president speech will be heard only by Illinois state legislators and a limited number of guests with special tickets. Even local media will not be allowed to bring cameras into the state capital because of the time it would take to run security checks.

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