Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Issues

Economy and Jobs

Economy

No single issue is more important to the future of our community than jobs. Most of us know someone – be it a friend, relative, or colleague – who is looking for work right now.

Gun Control

I know firsthand the terrible toll that crime and violence takes on our community and nation. In 1999, my youngest son Huey was shot and killed in Chicago. For my family and me, our lives were forever changed by this tragedy. I know we are not alone. 

Education

Education policy remains one of my top priorities as a Member of Congress, as I know through my own personal experience just how important a role a quality education can play in an individual’s life.

Energy

The deadly Japanese earthquake and tsunami and subsequent nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi complex made us take a closer look at our own nuclear power industry.

Health Care

Healthcare is such a critically important issue and I have heard from many of you who have shared your thoughts and concerns regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  While I agree the ACA needs improvement, depriving 24 million Americans of affordable healthcare is not the solution.  As you may know, the ACA contains provisions intended to allow more Americans to access quality healthcare by i

Immigration

We have seen time and time again that multicultural immigration has been, and continues to be, an important factor in the development of the United States.  From the very beginning of our history, immigrants from around the world have played an important role in helping to weave our modern social fabric.  It is for this reason that I am a firm believer in immigration reform that addresses thi

Tax

I support tax reform that helps individuals, working families, and communities, not corporations, the wealthy, and well-connected.  While I am in favor of tax reform, I opposed the Republican tax plan.  This plan claims to benefit the middle-class yet it suspends deductions for interest on home loans (which directly hinders current and future middle-class American homeowners).

Veterans

As a proud U.S. Army veteran, I know the sacrifice that our nation’s men and women in uniform continue to make on our behalf.  As we mark nearly two decades of non-stop war, it is even more important that we honor the commitment that we have made to those who have given so much for all of us.

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Community News

From Bronzeville to Markham, Hyde Park to Evergreen Park, Chatham to Tinley Park, Auburn Gresham to Frankfort and Morgan Park to Mokena, Illinois’ First Congressional District is one of the most politically important and culturally diverse districts in the United States.