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Unemployed Oak Park Mom Among Obama's SOTU Guests

Oak Parker Misty DeMars joins First Lady Michelle Obama, Jill Biden and Valerie Jarrett Tuesday at the President's State of the Union Address.

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Among 23 guests invited to sit with the First Lady during President Obama's State of the Union Address Tuesday was an Oak Park woman, a mother of two young boys and "one of millions" with limited resources as she looks for work without emergency unemployment insurance, the White House announced Tuesday. 

Misty DeMars lives in Oak Park with her husband and two sons. Due to budget cuts last May, DeMars lost her job of eight years, just one week after she and her husband purchased their home, according a White House news release.

Upon the expiration of her emergency unemployment insurance, she wrote to the president: "We stand to lose everything we've worked for for years to build in the matter of months," according to the release.

The White House says, "Misty is one of millions who is left with limited resources, difficult decisions and an uncertain future as she looks for work without the crucial economic lifeline of emergency unemployment insurance."

Related: What Obama Could Learn From Pete Seeger for SOTU Address

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