Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Rush Statement on Passing of Ald. JoAnn Thompson

Feb 10, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement after learning of the passing of 16th Ward Alderman JoAnn Thompson:

“I am saddened to learn of the passing of my colleague, Alderman JoAnn Thompson. We all knew JoAnn as an outspoken, strong advocate for the people of the 16th Ward. She rightfully earned her place in the Chicago City Council as a hard working dedicated public servant. A few months ago, I had the opportunity to discuss with JoAnn the promise of a new Whole Foods store in the heart of the Englewood community. She expressed an unwavering commitment to ensuring access to quality food and resources for her constituency, whom she represented well. She will be missed. I extend my prayers, on behalf of my wife Carolyn and the citizens of the 1st Congressional District to her family, friends and constituents. May God grant them the peace to know that her spirit will live on forever.”