On Tuesday, Illinois State Representative Tim Butler dropped in to visit with students at Lincoln Junior High School. He visited with the 7th grade boys basketball team and also visited with teacher Sue O'Hara's 7th grade history class.

In the classroom, he answered questions including, has he ever been a guest at the White House. Butler said that he had visited the White House. In fact, he said on the day he was there the Chicago Bulls were also visiting. So, in addition to meeting with the President, he also had the opportunity to shoot some hoops with his home-state team.

Photo by Kim Skelton      (Click on images for larger version)

On Wednesday, President Barrack Obama, a Democrat who calls Illinois home, paid a visit to Springfield. It was nine years ago that in a similar visit, he announced that he would be running for President of the United States. This year, as his second term comes to an end and his tenure as the president will be over, Obama visited the State Capitol addressing legislators and encouraging them to put aside partisan divisions and work together for the betterment of the state. During his visit, the President also addressed a group at the Hoagland Center for the Arts. Logan County Democrat Rebecca Drake was honored to be a part of that invitation-only meeting with the President. As a member of the audience, she snapped a photo of the president during his talk.

Photo by Rebecca Drake

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