Illinois' Invited Guests To President Trump’s State Of The Union Address

Craig Dellimore
February 04, 2020 - 1:38 pm

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot; President Donald Trump (Getty Images)


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Members of the Illinois congressional delegation, as usual, seem to be making a statement by the guests they invite to President Trump’s “State of the Union” address at the Capitol on Tuesday evening.

WBBM Newsradio's Political Editor Craig Dellimore previews some of the choices.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot will be in the gallery for President Trump’s speech on Tuesday night. She’s the guest of Congresswoman Robin Kelly. The Mayor’s expected to have some things to say about the President afterwards.

Congressman Mike Quigley invited Alderman Matt Martin, part of the Chicago City Council’s freshman class.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin’s guest will be De’Andre Wilborn, who is from the West Side of Chicago. Wilborn is a senior at George Westinghouse College Prep Academy.

Schaumburg Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi is bringing Ruby Johnson. She’s an advocate with Parents Against Vaping E-Cigarettes. She wants more action from this administration.

Senator Tammy Duckworth is bringing Waukegan-based Environmental Justice Advocate Celeste Flores.

Congressman Jesus Chuy Garcia’s guest is Miguel Perez, an Illinois veteran who was deported because of a non-violent drug conviction. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky guest for the address is Geri Aglipay. She’s a local official with Small Business Majority, a group that advocates for small businesses across the country. Congressman Alex Kinzinger is not making a political statement with his invitee. It’s his fiancée, Sofia.

Kristen Ziman, Police Chief of Aurora will be there as the guest of Congressman Bill Foster. He’s recognizing her for leading her department’s response to a mass shooting there.

Freshman Congressman Sean Casten’s guest will be Scientist Dieter Martin Gruen, who emigrated from Nazi Germany in 1936, worked on the Manhattan Project, and is now an advocate for action on climate change. Fellow Freshman Lauren Underwood’s guest is Karen Battaglia, a nurse from Antioch. Underwood is also a nurse. Battaglia also has a pre-existing condition and is at risk of losing affordable quality health care if the Affordable Care Act is repealed.