Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois
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Rush Honored by National Urban League for Youth Jobs Effort

Mar 5, 2012
Press Release

CONTACT: Renee Ferguson
(773) 224-6500 ofc.; (202) 674-0891 mobile

WASHINGTON – Congressman Bobby L. Rush (D-IL) will receive the Congressional Leadership Award from the National Urban League on Tuesday, March 6, 2012.  The honor recognizes Rush’s ongoing commitment to urban youth and his cosponsorship of the Urban Jobs Act of 2011.  In May Congressman Rush joined more than a thousand young people from across the nation in a March on Washington for Jobs.

“I want to thank the Urban League for this honor.  One of the first jobs I had as a young man came through the Chicago Urban League,” Rush said.

“What’s at stake is literally the future of our nation.  Work, and the discipline that comes with it, is a habit that must be learned by our youth.  Without jobs our young people might get into the habit of not working.  They might grow to accept unemployment.  It would be tragic if our nation were to lose the energy and imagination of this generation because we fail to find a way to put them to work.  I share the National Urban League’s ongoing commitment to the employment and education of our nation’s youth.

The Awards reception will take place from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Art and Soul Restaurant, 415 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington D.C.