Michelle Obama invites 2 local residents to be her guests for the State of the Union

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Two Chicago-area residents will be the First Lady’s personal guests when President Obama delivers his final State of the Union address.

They’ll sit with Michelle Obama in her personal box Tuesday night.

Cedric Rowland, from Chicago, works for a company that helps people find plans under the Affordable Care Act.

Gloria Balenski, of Schaumburg, will also join Mrs. Obama.

Balenski lost her long-time job in 2007 and her husband suffered a major heart attack in 2012.

She wrote to President Obama in 2015, thanking him for his recovery policies that helped her family bounce back.

The White House says one of the 24 seats in Mrs. Obama’s box in the House of Representatives will be left empty to honor victims of gun violence.