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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Aug 2, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON  Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement on the passing of Army Spc. Michael Isaiah Nance:

It is with great sadness that I mourn the loss of one of our fellow south-siders: Army Spc. Michael Isaiah Nance.  Army Spc. Nance was tragically killed in Southern Afghanistan – just three weeks after his deployment to the region.  Army Spc. Nance joined the armed services over two years ago, and served the army, his family, and his community and country with honor.

Aug 2, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Last week, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), and several members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) together traveled to Ghana to observe the 400th Anniversary of the First Enslaved Africans Landing in America.

Jun 11, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services would award $17,249,630 in federal funding to the University of Chicago. This grant will support drug abuse and addiction research programs.
May 13, 2019 Press Release
CHICAGO — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) delivered the following remarks at a press conference announcing the beginning of construction on a new education, workforce, and community center in the Chatham neighborhood. ​
Apr 17, 2019 Press Release
CHICAGO — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) invites high school students in the 1st Congressional District of Illinois to submit their artwork for the 2019 Congressional Art Competition by Friday, May 3.