President Obama to visit central Illinois on Wednesday

By Audrey Wise

July 18, 2013 Updated Jul 18, 2013 at 10:42 PM CDT

GALESBURG, Ill. -- One Central Illinois city is getting ready to welcome the president.

A White House official says President Obama will be in Galesburg Wednesday.

It is part of a 3-day bus trip in which he will be talking about the economy.

Although they aren't sure what the President will be talking about exactly, Galesburg officials said it's good for the whole region when a president comes to town.

Deputy Mayor Wayne Allen said, "Federal dollars come from Washington, where the President is at. That doesn't mean he is bringing federal dollars with him, he's probably not, but it's always nice to be on his radar."

"It kind of puts us on the map," said Leo Dion, president of the Galesburg Regional Economic Development Association. "The impact of having a President come here and have his presence here, talk a little bit about the area and have that connection is very important for the people here."

More details about his visit will be released as it gets closer.

This is not his first visit to Galesburg. The last time was in August 2011 when he meet with the high school football team.

At that time is was on his way to Alpha, Illinois where he talked about the economy.

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