U.S. Rep. Bobby L. Rush Helps To Galvanize State, Federal And Community Leaders To Prepare For Incoming Hurricane Katrina Evacuees

Sep 4, 2005
Press Release

Chicago, IL. ----Congressman Bobby L. Rush announced today that he will help lead efforts to bring up to 10,000 Hurricane Katrina victims to Illinois.  In emergency meetings and phone calls with a wide network of people and providers, Congressman Bobby L. Rush worked to identify areas of need such as housing, medical care, food, clothing and any emergency services displaced families require during what is officially our countrys worst national disaster.

 <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Chicago was the destination for many migrating families in the South during the 50s and 60s seeking opportunity, said Rush.  In 2005, families have been left to fend for themselves in the wake of the Hurricane Katrina, and its our duty in Chicago and the State of Illinois open our doors once again to people seeking help, opportunity and compassion.

 In a townhall meeting at Chicagos Quinn Chapel, Congressman Bobby L. Rush was joined by  Congressman Danny Davis, Governor Rod Blagojevich, State Senator Emil Jones,  Louanner Peters (governors office) and a host of local elected officials, community leaders, nonprofit organizations, social service providers, ministers, area business and concerned citizens.

 As part of the states centralized efforts to assist displaced persons who come to Illinois, a toll-free number has been set up (800-843-6154).  The number will stay in service as long as need.