Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Rush Statement on State of Illinois’ Lawsuit to Enforce Chicago Police Department Reforms

Aug 29, 2017
Press Release

CHICAGO — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) issued the following statement today, upon an announcement by Illinois Attorney General, Lisa Madigan, that the State of Illinois would sue the City of Chicago in federal court to secure a judicial order mandating reforms in the Chicago Police Department:

“I am cautiously optimistic regarding the City’s decision to support the Illinois Attorney General’s lawsuit asking a federal judge to oversee implementation of the Chicago Police Department’s reforms under a consent decree. By taking this step, the City and the police department will open the door to establishing healthy community and police relations. It will also help reassure Chicago’s citizens that the blue wall of silence that protects rogue officers will be dismantled.

“Over the years, the lives of far too many African Americans and other people of color have been significantly altered or completely destroyed by those police officers who operate above the law. Meaningful reforms and independent accountability remain the only hope for building community trust that is vital to effective policing.”

Chicago Mayor, Rahm Emanuel, has stated that the City is working in partnership with the State on this issue.