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THREE-TERM MAYOR: “I DON’T THINK HE’S AN AMERICAN, PERSONALLY”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Apr. 17, 2010) — An elected official in the state where Obama served in the senate and the U.S. Senate has gone on the record stating that he has doubts about Obama’s citizenship.
The statement was made at a tea party event and reported mainly by The Associated Press. The mayor, Jerry Schweighart, was asked by a cameraman what he thought of Obama, and Schweighart answered, “You know, if you’re not willing to produce an original certificate like a birth certificate, then you’ve got something to hide.”
Schweighart was formerly an officer and chief of police for the city.
The city of Champaign, IL was founded in 1855 after the construction of the Illinois Central Railroad had begun. The county in which Champaign is located bears the same name. The city was originally called West Urbana. Although an agricultural community, Champaign is home to the University of Illinois and Parkland College.