Northern Illinois Congress Members Announce State Of The Union Guests

Feb 4, 2019

Members of Congress from northern Illinois are announcing their guests for President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address.

Credit Jenna Dooley

Republican Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) will bring Officer Mark Dallas, the school resource officer at Dixon High School and of the Dixon Police Department, as his guest for the 2019 State of the Union Address on Tuesday, Feb.5, 2019.

According to a news release from Kinzinger's office, Officer Dallas thwarted a school shooting from happening at Dixon High School on May 16, 2018. In October 2018, Officer Dallas was named the 2018 ‘Officer of the Year’ by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and was recognized by President Trump for his heroism.

Democratic Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) will be bringing Edgington family farmer Tom Mueller. According to a news release from Bustos, Mueller is concerned about the implications of the President’s trade policies.

Democratic Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) is bringing seven-year-old Allie Bland from Naperville. The city is home to a domestic violence shelter affected by the recent government shutdown. Underwood’s office says Allie left uplifting notes and drawings throughout the shelter, which “deeply touched” the Congresswoman during a recent visit.

Democratic Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11) has invited Marilyn Weisner of Aurora to join him. Weisner is the Executive Director of the Aurora Food Pantry, and wife to the late mayor of the city Tom Weisner.

President Trump’s State of the Union address is scheduled to be held tomorrow night at 8 p.m. and will be broadcast on WNIJ.