U.S. President Barack Obama greets supporters after speaking at the Hoogland Center for the Arts in Springfield, Illinois

In Illinois homecoming, Obama calls for improved tone in U.S. politics

U.S. President Barack Obama greets supporters after speaking at the Hoogland Center for the Arts in Springfield, IllinoisPresident Barack Obama paid a nostalgic visit on Wednesday to the place that launched his political career and made a renewed call for better relations between Republicans and Democrats to create a more positive tone in U.S. politics. Obama won the White House in 2008 partially on a promise to overcome partisan divides in Washington. On the ninth anniversary of his 2007 announcement in Springfield that he was running for president, Obama addressed Illinois lawmakers at the state Capitol where he once worked as a state senator in what he described as a collegial, friendly atmosphere.

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