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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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Jan 5, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) announced that he was sworn into the 117th Congress.  In the 117th Congress, the Democratic majority remains committed to building back better by stamping out COVID-19, supporting the frontline workers that have served our communities so bravely throughout the pandemic, supporting small businesses, and putting urgently needed money in the pockets of workers.  In this time of grave emergency, the American people need a Congress that prioritizes their health and economic well-being, and House Democrats stand ready to deliver.

Dec 25, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) sent a letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) requesting that he hold hearings on civil rights abuses perpetrated by police departments across the country with a special focus on the Chicago Police Department.  In the letter, Rush wrote:

Dec 15, 2020 Press Release

CHICAGO — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) made the following statement following the conclusion of the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board meeting:

“Mercy Hospital and Medical Center has served residents of the South Side for 170 years.  They are not alone in struggling to keep their doors open, especially as our hospitals grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dec 11, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) announced the introduction of H.R. 8928, the Portable Generator Safety Standard to Avoid Needless Deaths and Reduce Disabilities Act, or, the Portable Generator Safety STANDARD Act. This legislation would direct the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to create mandatory consumer product safety standards for portable generators in order to protect consumers from death or injury related to the use of these products.

Dec 4, 2020 Press Release

Today, Congressman Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) submitted the following extension of remarks to the Congressional Record regarding the murder of his friend and former colleague, Fred Hampton, Chairman and co-founder of the Illinois Black Panther Party: