CHICAGO (TOC) — President Joe Biden is visiting the Chicago space Wednesday.
The primary cease is a household farm in Kankakee, however the president has a full day deliberate.
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Biden, together with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, visited Kankakee to debate the affect of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on meals provide and costs at dwelling and overseas and methods to decrease prices.
The president’s go to coincided with the center of planting season, and at a time when inflation may be very a lot high of thoughts. Biden heard from farmers immediately and provided some help.
“We at all times know there’s going to be challenges forward, so to have him right here was only a approach to deliver it again dwelling of what we face proper now, and the way does that match and play on the world stage,” mentioned Jeff O’Connor, who gave the president a tour of his farm.
Biden mentioned his administration will supply help to make use of expertise to enhance manufacturing, broaden entry to double cropping insurance coverage and improve investments in home fertilizer manufacturing.
“Now we have to spend money on our farmers and cut back prices and cut back costs for customers. Now we have the best best farmers on the planet,” Biden mentioned.
This a part of Illinois tends to be extra conservative, and there was a contingent of Donald Trump supporters who have been evaded the farm. They needed Biden to know not everybody welcomed his go to. However farmer Keith Mussman made positive he took the chance to shake the president’s hand earlier than he left.
“I am inspired by the choice to permit crop insurance coverage on double crop soybeans, that is been a problem of right here farther north within the state, it is not been accessible to guys up right here,” Mussman mentioned. “You are completely vulnerable to climate when you have wheat and wish to put in a soybean crop afterwards.”
“I personally thought it was fairly encouraging. I feel both we have now had or now have the eye of the administration,” he added.
Inflation on the grocery store and the pump have been additionally on the minds of many.
“I feel for the typical particular person going into the grocery retailer and searching on the costs of meals is … it’s important to be virtually independently rich to even store at Walmart,” Kankakee resident Bernard Ryan mentioned.
Newlywed Kiley Dolliger mentioned it is robust.
WATCH: ABC7 political analyst speaks on Biden go to, ward map”It is irritating to should spend extra money, however, for me personally, it form of is, like, it’s what it’s,” she mentioned.
“It is a little bit irritating, however I really feel like plenty of it’s as a result of what is going on on in Ukraine, and I am glad they are not bombing my home,” Kankakee resident Wayne Marti mentioned.
The president then traveled again to Chicago to talk on the Worldwide Brotherhood of Electrical Staff Worldwide Conference at McCormick Place earlier than attending a fundraiser and heading again to Washington.
“This yr alone, Illinois will obtain $1.9 billion in freeway funding for roads and bridges,” Biden mentioned at that occasion.
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On Tuesday, with the midterms simply six months away and his approval ranking sagging, the president mentioned combating inflation is his administration’s No. 1 home precedence, blaming the COVID pandemic and warfare in Ukraine.
“My plan assaults inflation and grows the financial system by decreasing prices for working households, giving employees well-deserved raises, lowering the deficit by historic ranges,” Biden mentioned.
Republicans have mentioned President Biden’s insurance policies have led to inflation hitting a 40-year excessive.
The president arrived at O’Hare on Air Power One about 11 a.m. and briefly met with Cook dinner County Board President Toni Preckwinkle earlier than entering into one other plane and flying to Kankakee, the place the typical particular person is fighting that inflation.
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