CHICAGO (AP) – President Obama, who was in Chicago Aug. 3 to attend a political fund-raiser, will head back to Illinois next week – to a more rural atmosphere.

Henry County locals say the Commander-in-Chief can count on getting a welcome reception Wednesday when he visits their rural agricultural area in northwestern Illinois.

Obama will be in the tiny villages of Atkinson and Alpha as part of a three-day, campaign-style Midwest bus tour that will also take him to Iowa and Minnesota.

While he’s in the Republican-leaning county, Obama is likely to hear about jobs, the struggling housing market, the nation’s debt and America’s nagging economic problems.

He’ll hear good news, too. Atkinson village board President August Junior says the community was thrilled to get stimulus money that has helped build a new fire station and resurfaced a main road.

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