Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

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From Bronzeville to Markham, Hyde Park to Evergreen Park, Chatham to Tinley Park, Auburn Gresham to Frankfort and Morgan Park to Mokena, Illinois’ 1st Congressional District is one of the most politically important and culturally diverse districts in the United States. Spanning a broad range of geographies, municipalities, and communities, we are home to leading educational institutions, thriving small- to mid-sized businesses, and a population base that showcases the diversity — whether it be, racial, cultural, religious, or economic — that exemplifies the United States. We’re even home to the First Family of the United States!

Our district has much to be proud of but there is much work to be done. Far too many children and families are living in neighborhoods that are plagued with crime and economic hopelessness. It’s also true that because we’ve rolled up our sleeves, we have much to celebrate. Whether it’s the economic benefits that stem from infrastructure projects like the 35th Street ‘Lou’ Jones/Bronzeville Metra Station in Chicago or the vibrant retail commerce that takes place along the 159th Street Commercial Corridor in the southwest suburbs those who visit our district will find a people and a community who are committed to the long term growth and vitality of the place we call home.

My staff and I count it a privilege to serve the diverse population of the 1st Congressional District of Illinois and we welcome your feedback on how we can make the service we provide even more effective on your behalf.

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Feb 11, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) introduced legislation to observe the month of April of each year as Hazel M. Johnson Environmental Justice Month.

“Hazel Johnson galvanized minorities and low-income groups — most notably on Chicago’s South Side — in order to seek equal environmental protections and correct environmental and social injustices on behalf her community.  Her herculean efforts would ultimately lead to the historic signing of a landmark environmental justice executive order by President Bill Clinton.

Feb 7, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) called on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to investigate environmental contamination at site of the former Tinley Park Mental Health Center following a botched investigation by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA).

Feb 7, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON —Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) applauded U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and other state and local officials for their renewed commitment to addressing Southshore Lakefront erosion.

Feb 4, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement on why he will not attend President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address:

Jan 30, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) introduced legislation to study, and ultimately find ways to reduce, the number of ambulance diversions taking place in Chicago and throughout the country.

The practice of ambulance diversions, a strategy in which a hospital temporarily closes the emergency department to incoming ambulances, leads to worse health outcomes for patients, and often disproportionately affects minority patients as well as those who are older, sicker, and poorer. 

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