Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Rush Remarks at Housing Authority of Cook County Groundbreaking

May 31, 2018
Press Release

CHICAGO — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), delivered the following remarks today at the Housing Authority of Cook County groundbreaking of Juniper Towers, one of five sites benefiting from a $75 million investment to rehabilitate affordable housing throughout the south suburbs.

Rush Remarks as Prepared for Delivery:

"Good morning

"I would like to thank the Housing Authority of Cook County for their commitment in working on behalf of our most vulnerable communities in Cook County.  Their bold vision to improve affordable housing infrastructure should be a model for every community to follow.

"It is also great to be in the company of: 

  • Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle
  • Department of Urban and Housing Development Regional Administrator Joseph Galvan
  • Illinois Housing Development Authority Executive Director Audra Hamernik
  • Mayor of Park Forest John Ostenburg
  • And my friend, Richard Monocchio, Executive Director for the Housing Authority of Cook County.

"Together, we are united by a commitment to ensure that affordable housing properties remain up to date and accessible.  We are also fulfilling our promise to invest in people and communities.

"This investment is both audacious and innovative because this project will not only improve infrastructure in the south suburbs but it will also improve the lives of residents.

"In Robbins, residents will be offered workforce development training, education, and job opportunities. 

"The prospect for economic mobility cannot be overlooked and I am glad that this project tackles some of the hurdles those in disenfranchised communities face. 

"I have always believed that if we create robust opportunity, we can give people and communities a fighting chance.

"But we must make investing in them a top priority because that is the first step toward transformational change.

"These improvements will undoubtedly better serve south suburban residents, many of whom are my constituents.

"Again, I would like to thank all those who made this project happen. 

"This is another great example of what we can do when federal and local officials, and the private sector work together to invest in communities that will ultimately enhance the quality of life for those who need it most."