GALESBURG — —
Megan Scott, the chief communication officer at Knox and a Galesburg native who attended the speech, said she felt like she was hearing the beginnings of "something big." But, while she is pleased Obama is coming back, she has mixed feelings about the circumstances.
"You don't always want to be the poster child for the economy going sour. But at the same time, he really managed to elevate Galesburg," she said. "I think we're proud of the fact that he hears us."
Republican U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, whose district includes areas around Galesburg, dismisses Obama's visit as little more than a campaign stop.
"Now is the time for presidential leadership, not the partisan, campaign-style tactics we have all seen as President Obama has traveled around the country in the past," Schock said Tuesday in a statement.
Galesburg, Dougherty figures, is as good a place as any for a president from Illinois to connect with a small town.
"If you look at Galesburg, it's kind of a microcosm of a lot of towns across America," he said.