President Obama Heading Home to Illinois

President likely won't visit Chicago during the trip

By Andrew Greiner
|  Tuesday, Apr 20, 2010  |  Updated 12:05 PM CDT
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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the White House after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the health care reform legislation March 21, 2009 in Washington, DC.

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President Obama's coming home to Illinois for just the third time since assuming the highest office in the land, but he'll likely avoid Chicago on his trip. 

The president will visit the state that made him famous during a three state "Main Street" tour next week Tuesday and Wednesday, April 27 -28, the White House said Tuesday according to a release. But he's aiming for rural settings so a trip to his Kenwood home is not on the radar. 

"During the visit, President Obama will meet with workers, farmers, small business owners, and local leaders to share ideas for continuing to grow the economy and to put Americans back to work," the White House guidance states. "President Obama will spend time in these areas to hear about the challenges rural Americans face and to listen to their ideas for working together to turn the economy around."

He'll also make stops in Missouri and Iowa.

After he was elected to the presidency, Obama pledged to visit home every six to eight weeks. But since his inauguration the president has stopped in Illinois just twice.

He visited the Caterpillar plant in East Peoria in February 2009 while drumming up support for his "Stimulus Bill," and came to the city for a Valentine's date night with his wife Michelle on the same leg.

Then in June 2009 he visited Chicago to speak with doctors at the American Medical Association.

More details of his Illinois trip are forthcoming.

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