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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Apr 5, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) is expected to send a formal letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions asking him to rescind his memorandum to Justice Department officials ordering a review of consent decrees with local law enforcement agencies, including Chicago. The move indicates citizens protections against police brutality, misconduct, civil rights violations and fatal shootings may be in jeopardy.

Mar 1, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) wasted no time in inviting President Donald Trump to Chicago as the president made his way to the lectern for his first speech before a Joint Session of Congress on Tuesday night. The legislator said the nation’s chief executive agreed to visit the city which has been under a national spotlight after Trump threatened to “send in the feds” to curb violence.

Mar 1, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) introduced H.R. 1272 the “Cold Case Record Collections Act of 2017” to help bring justice and closure to unsolved cases stemming from the Civil Rights era.

Feb 22, 2017 Press Release

CHICAGO — In an effort to bring more accountability to police departments across the country U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) has introduced H.R. 1213, the “Laquan McDonald Camera Act of 2017” which requires, as a condition on the receipt of federal funds, that law enforcement agencies o have in effect a policy regarding the use of body-worn and dashboard cameras.

Feb 16, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON — As the nation braces itself against sustained attacks on immigrant families from the Trump White House, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) today announced plans to host an immigration policy forum entitled, “Navigating Today’s U.S Immigration Policy”. The forum will be held Thursday, Feb. 23rd at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), 10 W. 35th Street at 5:30 p.m. The announcement was made in support of “A Day Without Immigrants” protests that have taken place in Chicago and other parts of the country.

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