Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois
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Rush Statement on Illinois’ Congressional Redistricting Plan

Jun 24, 2011
Press Release

CONTACT: Renee Ferguson
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Sharon Jenkins
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CHICAGO –– U. S. Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-IL-01) said, today, that he looks forward to meeting and representing the new constituents of Illinois’ 1st Congressional District.

The newly drawn Illinois Congressional Redistricting map was signed into law by Governor Pat Quinn today.  The map maintains much of Rush’s existing district and now extends southwest into portions of Will County.  As a result of declining population, Illinois’ congressional delegation will have 18 members instead of 19 and citizens will vote in their new districts in 2012.  

“I have been a strong and ardent supporter of the residents, businesses, educational institutions, hospitals, community organizations and local government entities in my district for 18 years,” Rush said.

“Local elected officials and community leaders know they can count on me to help meet the needs of our communities regardless of political party and that will not change.”

The new redistricting plan maintains the three current African American districts and one district with a majority of Hispanic voters, preserving the intent of the Voting Rights Act.

Rush described the map, in effect for the next decade, as fair and balanced.

“I’d like to thank State Senator Kwame Raoul and Illinois House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie for their leadership in chairing their respective Senate and House Redistricting committees.  The leadership of Senate President John Cullerton, House Speaker Michael Madigan and Governor Pat Quinn are also to be commended.”

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