(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A suburban retiree and a Midway Airport worker will be watching the State of the Union in person, as guests of the Illinois congressional delegation.
Like many who will be sitting in the gallery for the president's speech, Diana Ordaz Quezada and Cindy Mundell represent issues before Congress.
Rep. Jesus “Chuy” Garcia invited Ordaz Quezada, a passenger service assistant at Midway and SEIU Local 1 member.
His office says her emigration from Mexico at age nine represents the American Dream, and she's been fighting to make sure airport workers have the compensation they deserve for their essential work.
Garcia introduced a bill last year that would ban airports from getting federal funds unless they pay prevailing wages.
Mundell is a retired cardiac nurse who was invited by fellow nurse Lauren Underwood, a congresswoman.
Her office says Mundell retired after working for more than three decades and "exemplifies the values that House Democrats are so proud to work for and defend.”
House Republicans are push for spending cuts to Medicare and Social Security as part of the debt ceiling debate, a move Mundell calls “unconscionable.”
The president's televised address is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Chicago time.
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