President Joe Biden’s canceled Chicago area trip is back on, White House officials confirmed, with Biden slated to touch down Thursday.
Late last month, the White House announced Biden would skip his scheduled Sep. 29 Chicago trip. It was originally scheduled so the president could “highlight the importance of COVID-19 vaccine requirements for businesses.” Instead of stopping in Illinois, the president stayed in Washington to drum up support for his infrastructure bill.
The Sun-Times reports that on the last trip, Biden was expected to both “salute” United Airlines for its vaccine mandate and stop by suburban Elk Grove Village to visit a Microsoft data center construction project helmed by Clayco.
Last month, Biden ordered all executive branch employees, federal contractors and millions of health care workers to be vaccinated against the coronavirus and issued rules requiring large private employers to mandate shots or testing. Since that mandate, Bloomberg reports one in four companies has instituted a vaccine mandate.
The White House did not share any details about Biden’s Thursday visit but said only that it would be to the Chicago area and would still revolve around vaccine mandates.
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