State of the Union

Rep. Rodney Davis's Office

In his final State of the Union this week, President Barack Obama announced a drive to end cancer.




John and Kimberly Wade lost their son Jonny, to brain cancer on Christmas Eve. He was eight.


The Wades, along with their son Jacky - Jonny’s twin brother - were the guests of Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis for the president’s speech.


Kimberly heads the family’s effort to promote increased pediatric cancer research - as part of “Project Team Jonny.”  


Susan Walsh / AP

In this election year… each side of the political aisle had different takes on President Obama’s final State of the Union Address, and what it could mean for his legacy. 

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin calls President Obama’s address the kind given by a man tested by conflict, and served as a rebuttal to much of the rhetoric in the GOP race to succeed him. Like the president, the Illinois Democratic Senator is downplaying the threat ISIS poses to this country’s future.  

Both Parties In Illinois React To Obama's State Of The Union

Jan 21, 2015
Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Reactions came quickly from both sides of the aisle after last night’s State of the Union speech. 

Illinois Senator Dick Durbin applauded President Obama’s challenge to Congress to pass specific economic proposals. Durbin says ideas like two free years of community college are hard to vote against. 

Durbin also raised questions about GOP priorities in the new Congress, such as the Keystone XL pipeline. Instead, he says Congress should address shortfalls in the Highway Trust Fund.

Tomorrow night, President Obama delivers his State of the Union address. We anticipate that income inequality, immigration and education will be among the key topics included in his speech. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington state has been tapped to deliver the Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday.

Kinzinger And Bustos React To State Of The Union

Feb 13, 2013

Many members of Illinois' Congressional delegation offered their thoughts on last night's State of the Union speech. 16th District Republican Adam Kinzinger held a conference call with reporters. 17th District Democrat Cheri Bustos issued a statement immediately following the address.