GALESBURG, Ill. (AP) -- Again and again since his first campaign for U.S. Senate, Barack Obama has returned to the small town of Galesburg.
He's talked with union members facing thousands of lost jobs when the Maytag plant closed in 2004. He delivered a commencement at Knox College. And he's showed up, unannounced, at the high school football field to surprise the team.
Galesburg will again be on Obama's schedule Wednesday as he kicks off a campaign to focus on the economy.
Locals say those layoffs and the hard, uneven road back make Galesburg a good backdrop for talking about the last decade or so.
Galesburg High School football coach was on the field in 2011 when Obama showed up. Dougherty says Obama's repeated visits provide a little hope in the small town