Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

114th Congress


Rush’s Bill Overwhelmingly Passes Republican Majority House

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) brought home another victory for his constituents and underrepresented Americans in the energy and manufacturing fields as his bill, H.R. 4583, To promote a 21st century energy and manufacturing workforce, passed in the House on a suspension vote — a practice typically reserved for noncontroversial legislation that requires a two-third majority to pass.

Rush, Durbin, Kirk, IDOT, City Of Chicago Announce $1.25 Million Federal Grant for Design of Grade Separation Project on 95th Street

CHICAGO — U.S. Representative Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), the Illinois Department of Transportation and the City of Chicago today announced a $1.25 million federal railroad safety grant that will help cover the cost of design work for an important grade separation project on 95th Street in Chicago that is part of the CREATE Program. The grant from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is part of Safe Transportation of Energy Products (STEP) by Rail Program.

Rush and Chicago Delegation Send Letter to Secretary Foxx Requesting Local Hiring Contract Initiative

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), along with other members of the Chicago delegation, requested a meeting with Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx. The Chicago members’ agenda will be to discuss a Local Hiring Contract Initiative that addresses the recent O’Hare International Airport infrastructure plan announcement made in January. The infrastructure plan will reportedly create thousands of jobs over the life of the project.

Rush Pushes to Move the 21st Century Workforce Legislation through the Committee Process

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), ranking democratic member of the Subcommittee on Energy & Power continues to put pressure on the Energy & Commerce Committee to increase funding toward training for manufacturing and energy jobs for underrepresented groups. In his opening statement at a markup yesterday, Rush urged the Committee to move the 21st Century Workforce Development bill through the legislative process. The bill would make training minorities, women, veterans, and displaced workers a national priority.

Rush Supports Mondelēz Workers in Fight to Keep Their Jobs in Chicago Plant

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) lent his voice to the fight of the Mondelēz workers who stand to lose their jobs as a result of the company’s decision to shut down several production lines at their bakery facility located in the 1st Congressional District. Mondelēz announced its intention to lay off 600 employees, and move the production to Salinas, Mexico to save money.

Rush Sends Letter to Illinois Governor Requesting an End to the State Budget Crisis

CHICAGO — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) sent a letter to Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner to address the impending financial crisis facing Chicago State University. Rush’s letter to Governor Rauner explains that the state’s budget impasse could have a detrimental effect on the University, located within the 1st Congressional District. Rush asks Governor Rauner to take immediate action in funding the University’s operations. By doing so, the state can avoid the devastating economic impact on the students, faculty, residents and community.

Rush Statement on Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

CHICAGO — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement marking the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision today:

“The Supreme Court ruled in favor of a woman’s right to choose and make her own reproductive health decisions on January 22, 1973. The Court’s decision to back women’s constitutional right remains the correct choice as it leaves the power in the hands to which it belongs.” 


Rush Statement on the Observation of Rev. Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Day

CHICAGO — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement on Rev. Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Day in honor of the civil rights leader’s birthday on January 15, 1929:

“Many Americans across the country are honoring the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. and his contributions to our nation. As we take time to reflect on Dr. King’s legacy, let us remember to follow his example of being understanding and compassionate toward one another.