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Sept. 7, 2018 – Former President Barack Obama is delivering a speech on the “state of our democracy” at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus Friday, in what will set his tone for campaigning ahead of the November midterm elections. The former commander-in-chief is receiving the Paul H. Douglas Award for Ethics in Government, which will be given to him by Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. Obama, who has chimed in from time-to-time to remark on President Trump’s words and actions, is expected to address threats to the United States’ democracy and the consequences of apathy, and urge fellow Americans to vote this November.

The award Obama is receiving is the same one that was bestowed upon the late Sen. John McCain, for whom Obama gave a eulogy last week in Washington.

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