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CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. — President Joe Biden is in Illinois Wednesday — his first visit to the state since taking office.

Biden appeared at McHenry County Community College to promote his near trillion-dollar infrastructure plan. One of the key items in the package is making college more affordable.

Biden also discussed his American Families Plan, which will include creating free community college, extending the child tax credit, and achieving universal pre-K education.

Biden carried Crystal Lake during the 2020 election. However, McHenry County voted in favor of former President Donald Trump.

Upon Biden’s arrival in Chicago, he had brief one-on-one meetings with Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle regarding gun violence in Chicago.

Biden added that the Department of Justice would be in touch with city leaders to aid Chicago and other large cities in curbing a nationwide surge in gun violence.

The President later toured a child care center alongside Governor JB Pritzker, Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth as well as Congresswoman Lauren Underwood.

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