Obama General Assembly

President Barack Obama shakes hands state Rep. David Reis, R-Willow Hill, before his speech in the state Capitol in February 2016. To the right of Reis are state Reps. John Cavaletto, R-Salem, and Bill Mitchell, R-Forsyth.


SPRINGFIELD — There's a new plaque at the state capitol in Springfield commemorating President Barack Obama's 2016 speech to lawmakers in the Illinois House.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the marker hangs behind the speaker's podium that Obama used to give the address in February 2016. The then-president asked lawmakers to set aside partisan differences and work to end Illinois' long budget impasse. Illinois lawmakers approved a budget last summer.

The black-and-gold plaque includes Obama's signature, a quote from Obama and the state seal.

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