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.

More on Community News

Feb 10, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement after learning of the passing of 16th Ward Alderman JoAnn Thompson:

Feb 5, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) celebrates Black History Month by remembering the life and legacy of Dr. Margaret Taylor-Burroughs, founder of the DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago. Rush’s video message highlights her accomplishments and continued influence throughout the city.

Dec 10, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement regarding the death of Illinois Comptroller, The Honorable Judy Baar Topinka:

“Today is a sad day for Illinois and all those who had the privilege to know Judy. From her service in the General Assembly, her role as Illinois’ first female Treasurer and ultimately her service as Illinois Comptroller, Judy was a fierce and dedicated public servant who always put the interests of Illinois and Illinoisans before her own.

Dec 1, 2014 Event

Please join Congressman Rush and Crestwood Mayor Lou Presta at a town hall meeting to discuss the Postal Service’s proposed independent ZIP code for the Village of Crestwood.

Nov 14, 2014 Press Release

CHICAGO — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement on the passing of former Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne:

“In 1979 Mayor Byrne became the first woman elected mayor of Chicago, receiving 82 percent of the city’s vote, making Chicago the largest city in the United States to elect a female chief executive. Yet, long before the votes were tallied, the mayor had proved her wherewithal.