Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Rush Statement on Contractor/Employee Jobs Events - Monday & Tuesday, Aug. 8 & 9

Aug 5, 2011
Press Release

CONTACT: Renee Ferguson
(773) 224-6500 ofc.; (202) 674-0891 mobile
- or -
Sharon Jenkins
(202) 225-4372 ofc.; (202) 431-8191 mobile

"...Next Monday and Tuesday are going to be very important days in Chicago...These companies are serious, I'm serious, and if you're serious about really working, then Tuesday morning at Chicago State is the place to be.  The doors open at 8 a.m." 

CHICAGO –– “As I’m sure you know this has been a very frustrating and difficult time in Washington.  While democracy is inherently messy and our divided government was ingeniously crafted to provide checks and balances on power, our inability to get even the most basic lawmaking done damages our country.   Every day my constituents write and call to describe painful setbacks and economic frustration.  The United States House of Representatives has not passed a single jobs bill in this Congress. 

“Nonetheless, I have kept my focus on the number one issue impacting this nation and my district and that is jobs.  In the last Congress, I convened the House Congressional “Jobs Now” Caucus, a bi-partisan caucus of over 100 members. We worked to bring fresh ideas to the table to help spur job creation in the United States.

“This year, I introduced legislation to stimulate jobs for our nation’s youth and, in May, I led a march on Washington of over 800 youth from around the country. But I’m clear that legislation, rallies and marches alone cannot fix this situation.  So I put my staff to work and, together, we identified 26 transportation companies that are planning to hire more than 2,000 new employees. We found that freight trains are rolling.  Many of our biggest rail companies are making profits and they’re hiring. It’s a hopeful sign for the economy.  

“In addition, the Federal Railroad Administration has just issued $336 million for the purchase of new trains.  They are going to be built in America. 

“The companies that are buying are in Illinois and that will mean work for our residents. When we were done with our research, we had identified a whole lot of jobs, and I mean good paying jobs in the transportation sector!

“So, today, I am happy to announce that on Tuesday, August 9, we are having a Transportation Industry Jobs Fair at Chicago State University in the Jones Convocation Center.  From 10 a.m. in the morning until 4 p.m. in the afternoon, the companies will be there to meet people face to face.  These are recruiters, managers and executives from the railroads, airlines, trucking companies and public transit of all kinds, who are hiring!  Some of them are here with me today.

“Many have already begun to accept resumes and applications on line.  My website will link you to the employers.  Now, again, that event is on Tuesday, August 9.

“On Monday, August 8, we are having a Vendor Fair at Kennedy King College, in the Great Hall, for contractors who are already certified as Disadvantaged Business Enterprises.  We are going to teach them how to properly apply for contracts and get bonding.  I am teaming with METRA to help these contractors and small business owners learn how to meet the requirements to participate in the work on The Englewood Flyover Bridge that is being built at 61st and State Street.

“This is a $133 million project! It is critical to me that the residents of my district have an opportunity to bid on some of these contracts.

“To sum it up, next Monday and Tuesday are going to be very important days in Chicago.  Our Vendor Fair on Monday, from 9 a.m. until noon at Kennedy King College, will be open to contractors with DBE Certification. 

“On Tuesday, at Chicago State University, a Transportation Jobs Fair that is open to anybody looking for a job.  Go on line at for tickets and to submit applications and resumes. 

“These companies are serious, I’m serious.  If you’re serious about really working, then Tuesday morning at Chicago State is the place to be.  The doors open at 8 a.m. 

“Remember, it’s contractors on Monday and job hunters on Tuesday. Please help us get the word out. 

“Thank you and now I’ll respond to questions.”

# # #