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 12, 2018 Press Release

CHICAGO — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), today released the following statement condemning Trump’s inflammatory and racist immigration comments.

“It is disgusting and infuriating that the President's remarks about immigration from 'shithole countries' like Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries come on the 8th anniversary of the Haitian earthquake in which more than 200,000 people were killed.

“Is the President not aware that immigrants of all races, nationalities, and religions built this country?

Jan 11, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), today released the following statement on the passage of S. 139, the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017.

“With this vote, the House has, once again, passed a bill that continues to give government increased power to spy on American citizens without a warrant.

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:

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