SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KMOX) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner hopes Wednesday’s visit from President Obama will foster a renewed sense of bipartisanship.

The president addresses the General Assembly around 1:30 p.m. to deliver a broader message about finding common ground in politics. Rauner admits some say the visit won’t make much of a difference.

“I hope they’re wrong,” Rauner says. “I don’t know, I’m not sure what the president will say. I’m excited, it’s an honor to have him in Springfield. I look forward to his address, and I hope he has some inspirational words and advice. We’ll see what he says.”

Rauner wants to ask the president, a leader of the democratic party, how to “bring democrats around” to his suggested reforms.

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