Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Congressman Rush Convenes Summit of Chicago’s Leadership to Stem Violence in the City’s Most Violent Beat

Jun 3, 2014
Press Release

U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (IL-01) is convening a meeting of the city’s leadership to discuss the urgent issue of gun violence in Chicago’s Police Beat 624, the most violent beat in the city.  Last week’s murder of Dr. Betty Howard, a school teacher hit by a stray bullet while in her office, underscores the serious circumstances that persist in this police beat and in other communities throughout Chicago. Rush’s Chicago office is located in this beat and one block west of the corner where Dr. Howard was killed.

Rush will be joined by business and media executives, law enforcement, clergy, city government and community leaders and other elected officials.  It is his expressed desire to turn Beat 624 around from the most violent to one of the safest beats in Chicago. This Beat, (bordered by 75th Street - North, 80th Street – South, King Drive – West, and Metra railroad tracks – East) includes the communities of Chatham, and parts of Grand Crossing and Avalon Park.

The meeting will take place at 9:00 a.m. in Congressman Rush’s Chicago District Office located at 700 E. 79th Street. Media availability will begin immediately following the meeting at 10:10 a.m. on the corner of 79th Street and Evans (southeast corner) in front of the office where Dr. Howard was shot and killed.