SPRINGFIELD - Senate President John J. Cullerton issued the following statement regarding the pending visit by President Obama:

“President Obama’s State of the Union address struck a chord with its call for a more civil politics and working to find areas of agreement. Clearly, that’s what we need here. I’m looking forward to seeing the president again and I’m happy he’s coming back to where he started.”

Of note, Senate President Cullerton sent a letter to President Obama on Jan. 19 suggesting it was a good time for a return.