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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CHICAGO — Yesterday, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), joined by Senator Dick Durban (D-Ill), Representative Mike Quigley (D-Ill.), and Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.), urged his constituents to participate in the 2020 U.S. Census so that vital community resources are not reduced or lost.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) issued the following statement honoring the 54th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965:
“The right to vote is sacred, and especially so to minority and historically disenfranchised communities, who did not fully realize that right until relatively recently.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) issued the following statement in response to the two shootings that took place over the weekend in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio:
“In less than 48 hours more than 30 innocent men, women, and children were senselessly murdered, and countless others injured, because two terrorists gunned them down using weapons made for war.