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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 17, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) sent a letter to Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone (D-N.J), Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations Chairwoman Diana DeGette (D-Colo.), and Subcommittee on Consumer Protection & Commerce Chairwoman Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) urging the Subcommittees on Oversight & Investigations and Consumer Protection & Commerce to hold oversight hearings regarding the recently reported Major League Baseball cheating scandal.

Jan 13, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement on the passing of U.S. Army Private First Class Miguel Villalon:

“This weekend we learned of the heartbreaking news that another beloved member of our community was victim to the cowardly and contemptuous actions of terrorists.  Joliet native, Pfc. Miguel Villalon, tragically perished in Afghanistan when his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device while conducting operations in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

Jan 10, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) voted in support of H.R. 535, the PFAS Action Act, which requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to designate all perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as hazardous substances within one year of enactment of this bill. The bill passed the house 247–159.

Jan 9, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) voted in support of H. Con. Res. 83, which directs the President of the United States, pursuant to section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution, to terminate any engagement of United States Armed Forces in hostilities against Iran.  The measure passed the house 224–194.

“My vote on behalf of the citizens of the 1st Congressional District of Illinois was cast with serious reflection, intense purpose, and the utmost clarity.

Jan 9, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representatives Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) and Tim Walberg (R-Mich.) today introduced the Preventing Real Online Threats Endangering Children Today (PROTECT) Kids Act.  This bipartisan legislation modernizes the Child Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) to better protect our nation’s children from the myriad of threats posed by an ever-evolving digital landscape.