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Obama to Visit Caterpillar Tomorrow

By Kevin Robinson in News on Feb 11, 2009 4:45PM

2009_1_cat_logo.jpg Caterpillar confirmed Tuesday that President Obama will tour one of their plants Thursday in Peoria before heading to Springfield for a dinner to honor Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday. Caterpillar spokesman Jim Dugan told the Peoria Journal Star that Cat has been "working closely the last two days with the White House and the Secret Service," and that they are thrilled and honored to be hosting President Obama this week. It is a great honor for Caterpillar and our employees to see and hear the president."

Obama's visit to Peoria this week is his third stop on what is becoming a speaking tour to build support for the economic recovery bill that cleared the Senate yesterday afternoon. Earlier Tuesday, as Obama spoke in Ft. Meyers, Florida on the importance of taking economic action, he announced that the Senate bill has passed. That announcement was met with cheers from the crowd.