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 18, 2013 Press Release

CONTACT: Debra Johnson
(202) 679-0381

CHICAGO — Today, Congressman Bobby L. Rush sent a letter to Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans requesting he appoint a special prosecutor to review evidence in wake of a newly release videotape showing the strangulation death of Anthony Kyser by a CVS store manager, on Tuesday, May 18, 2010.

The letter is as follows:

Jan 11, 2013 Press Release

CONTACT: Debra Johnson
(202) 679-0381

CHICAGO — “I know that Sandi did not arrive at this decision quickly or arbitrarily.  This is something that she had to really consider.  My prayers go out to the family.  We really need to surround the Jackson family with compassion and understanding.  I know that the Jackson family will come out much stronger as a family.”

Jan 7, 2013 Press Release

CONTACT: Debra Johnson
(202) 225-4372

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-IL) was sworn in for his 11th term on Thursday, January 3rd making him the 2nd longest serving congressman from the First Congressional District of Illinois.  The late William L. Dawson served 14 terms making him the longest serving representative of the First District.

Dec 14, 2012 Press Release

CONTACT: Rev. Stanley Watkins
(202) 225-4372 office

CHICAGO — Congressman Bobby L. Rush (D-IL) issued the following statement in response to today’s shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut:

“Today’s shooting in Connecticut is a national tragedy. I join the nation in praying for the victims, their families, friends, & community.

Jul 30, 2012 Press Release

CONTACT: Renee Ferguson
(773) 224-6500 ofc.; (202) 674-0891 mobile

CHICAGO — Congressman Bobby L. Rush (D-IL) made the following remarks during a morning news conference at the Harbor at 31st Street this morning.  He was joined by Congressman Danny K. Davis, civic, political and arts community leaders in advocating for this tribute to Dr. Margaret Burroughs.

“We are here today to make a suggestion to the Chicago Park District Board of Directors that we really shouldn’t even have to make.