State of the Union

Southern Illinois Congressman John Shimkus says it may be time to re-think how the State of the Union is delivered to Congress.

02/05/19: Democratic Response and Annotation

Feb 5, 2019
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Stacey Abrams, who narrowly lost the Georgia governor's race in November, is delivering the Democrats' response to President Trump's State of the Union address. Reporters across the NPR newsroom are annotating her remarks, adding context and analysis.

02/05/19: Trump State of the Union

Feb 5, 2019
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President Trump is delivering a State of the Union address after a delay due to the government shutdown. Watch his speech live, followed by a Democratic response delivered by former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams. Watch live at 8pm.

President Donald Trump delivers his first State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Collinsville republican U.S. Representative John Shimkus says he hopes the unpredictable president will focus on the policy issues at hand and deliver a more traditional speech.


Reaction to President Obama's final State of the Union Address from southern Illinois' representatives in Congress fell mainly along party lines.

Reaction to President Obama’s State of the Union Address is falling along party lines.

Pete Souza

Join and NPR for a live web stream of President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address beginning at 8:00 pm tonight.

Click for NPR's live web stream of the President's address beginning at 8:00 pm (Central).