Five Illinois politicians are headed to Washington, D.C. to attend President Obama's 2014 State of the Union address. Among those attending the Jan. 28 speech are U.S. Representatives Luis Gutierrez (IL-4), Mike Quigley, (IL-5), Jan Schakowsky (IL-9), Brad Schneider (IL-10) and Bill Foster (IL-11).
One of the key issues the President is expected to address is immigration reform. All five Illinois dignitaries attending will be accompanied by immigrant activists.
Gutierrez has invited Rev. Tony Suarez, National Vice President of Chapters for the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, to the event. Schakowsky will be accompanied by Rudy Lopez, a senior organizer in Chicago for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement. Schneider and Foster will be attending the President's speech with Estafania Garcia and Maria Torres, immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and held high academic achievements. Quigley has asked Ameya Pawar, Chicago alderman from the 47th Ward and son of Indian immigrants, to attend the event as well.