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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WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. House of Representatives adopted by voice vote an amendment to the Commerce, Justice, and Science Division of H.R. 7617 proposed by U.S. Representatives Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) and Tony Cárdenas (D-Calif.), which would appropriate an additional $1.5 million for community-based violence prevention initiatives, such as gun violence intervention initiatives, hospital-based violence intervention programs, evidence-based street outreach programs, and group violence intervention strategies.
WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement subsequent to his withdrawing two Cuba-related amendments to the Financial Services and General Government Division of H.R. 7617.
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