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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Jan 9, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) announced that the National Science Foundation (NSF) will award $649,947.00 in federal funding to the Illinois Institute of Technology. 

The grant will help explore the photophysical properties of organic light harvesting systems to devise next generation organic photonic materials.  Professor Anoklase Ayitou of the Department of Chemistry at Illinois Institute of Technology will lead the project, which is set to commence in June.

Jan 3, 2018 Press Release

CHICAGO — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) announced that the National Science Foundation (NSF) will award $818,420 in federal funding to the University of Chicago.  The grant will allow for key research in molecular and cellular bioscience and will be led by Bryan Dickinson, assistant professor of chemistry.

Aug 29, 2017 Press Release

CHICAGO — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) issued the following statement today, upon an announcement by Illinois Attorney General, Lisa Madigan, that the State of Illinois would sue the City of Chicago in federal court to secure a judicial order mandating reforms in the Chicago Police Department:

Jul 26, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) issued the following statement in celebration of the 27th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), prohibiting discrimination against individuals with disabilities:

May 9, 2017 Press Release

CHICAGO — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities, honoris causa, from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) for his outstanding contributions to Chicago. The ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 10 a.m. A multidisciplinary committee of faculty and administrative leaders selected Rush for this honor. The Honorary Doctorate is the highest accolade that the university bestows on an individual for accomplishments in the technical, professional and humanitarian fields.

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