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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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Jul 1, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) introduced legislation requiring the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) to provide all frontline workers with necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) to better protect them from coronavirus infection.  The Securing All Fundamental Equipment (SAFE) While Traveling Act would also require that all passengers at national airports and train stations wear PPE as well.

Jun 29, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Last week, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) introduced the Student Recovery Eligibility for Low-Income Individuals to Exact Funds (RELIEF) Act of 2020, which provides low-income students with direct stimulus payments that were previously unavailable to them under the CARES Act.

Jun 29, 2020 Press Release

CHICAGO — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) applauded the first free solar installation to take place in his district under the Illinois Solar for All program.  The installations that took place in Rep. Rush’s district were the first and only projects to be undertaken by this groundbreaking program in the state of Illinois.

Jun 26, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) took to the House Floor to deliver remarks in support of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act (H.R. 7120). Following debate on the floor, the bill passed the House 236-181.

“George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Christopher Whitfield, Chad Robertson, Terrence Crutcher, Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, Bettie Jones, Quintonio LeGrier, Sandra Bland, Alfontish Cockerham, Walter Scott, Laquan McDonald, Eric Garner, Rekia Boyd, Darrin Hanna, Calvin Cross, Leon Brackens, Mark Clark, Fred Hampton.

Jun 19, 2020 Press Release

CHICAGO — In celebration of Juneteenth, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) introduced the Mamie Till-Mobley Memorial Stamp Act, which directs The Postmaster General to issue a commemorative postage stamp in honor of Mamie Till-Mobley, the mother of Emmett Till.  Emmett was kidnapped and lynched in 1955 and his death — as well as Mamie’s decision to show the world the horrors inflicted on her son with an open-casket funeral — was a preeminent and catalytic event in the civil rights movement.