Reporting from WBEZ's Tony Arnold and Ammad Omar used in this report.
Republicans are criticizing President Barack Obama for visiting his home state Wednesday.
The Democratic president is scheduled to visit Western Illinois as part of a Midwestern tour.
Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady says Mr. Obama's policies have not helped the state's economy.
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