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The U.S. Representative for Illinois's 1st congressional district, serving since 1993.
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ENG: Bobby Lee Rush (born November 23, 1946) is the U.S. Representative for Illinois's 1st congressional district, serving since 1993. He is a member of the Democratic Party. The district is located principally on the South Side of Chicago. It is a minority-majority district and has a higher percentage of African Americans (65%) than any other congressional district in the nation. Rush has the distinction of being the only person to date to defeat President Barack Obama in an election for public office, when Obama challenged him in a primary election in 2000. Rush is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus. Early life and political activism After dropping out of high school, Rush joined the U.S. Army in 1963 but went AWOL and received an honorable discharge in 1968. Throughout ...
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10,000 Job Seekers Participate on Day 2 of Rush Jobs Fair

On the heels of a successful ‘Day 1’ jobs event yesterday, for certified MBE/WBE contractors, U. S. Rep. Bobby L. Rush briefed the media on the results of yesterday’s Vendor Fair at Kennedy-King College while also outlining what he hoped to accomplish at today’s event for job seekers. “Yesterday, our entire city saw first-hand the professionalism, the passion and the determination of qualified minority- and women-owned contractors,” said Rush who, along with his colleagues in the Congressional Black Caucus are holding similar jobs events throughout the ...

Rush Statement on Being Awarded Bronze Mouse Award

U. S. Representative Bobby L. Rush has been awarded the “112th Congress Bronze Mouse Award” in recognition of his official congressional website being named one of the best websites on Capitol Hill. The award was given by the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF), a nonpartisan nonprofit organization working to improve communications between citizens and Congress and enhance operations in Capitol Hill offices. CMF has assessed and graded congressional websites and issued these awards since 2001. "Rep. Rush is to be commended for educating citizens and achieving the highest ...

Rush Answers NCPA's Call For Gov't Reform of the NCAA

Following an NCPA-Drexel University study calling on the federal government to reform the NCAA, US Congressman Bobby Rush announced that he will convene a series of panels to examine various problems in college aports. In a Wall Street Journal article, Congressman Rush stated,"Paying student athletes over and above the value they receive from athletic scholarships could be part of the remedy." The study, authored by NCPA President Ramogi Huma and Drexel University Sport Management professor Ellen Staurowsky, holds that the NCAA is incapable of reforming itself. The study cites a 2009 Knight ...

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Rush Leery of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos; Vows to Hold Her Accountable for Strengthening Public Education System for All Students
WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) expressed caution and concern after Betsy DeVos squeaked through her Senate confirmation process to become the next Secretary of Education following a tie-breaking vote by Vice President Mike Pence. DeVos’ confirmation marked the first time in U.S. history where the Vice President was called in to break a 50-50 tie in the Senate for a presidential cabinet nominee.  “Ms. DeVos has alarmed many of us who value the public school system and believe that every child has a right to high quality education regardless of their zip code, their native language, or the wealth of their parents. As someone who believes that we have a particular duty to invest in those students who are most at-risk of being left behind by society, I vow to hold Ms. DeVos accountable if she attempts to enact policy that would negatively impact low-income students, children of color, students with disabilities or children who speak English as a Seco
Rush Calls on Gov. Rauner and General Assembly to “Lay Down Their Egos,” Put Illinois Citizens First and Stop Acting Like “King Kong Vs. Godzilla”
CHICAGO — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) reiterated his call for an immediate end to the Illinois budget stalemate that crippled the state’s social service and non-profit agencies and has placed tens of thousands of Illinois residents at risk. Standing with workers from Ashely Quality Care at 610 W. Root Street and flanked by a coalition of clergy and community residents, including Church of God in Christ Bishop O.C. Booker, the representative likened the Springfield crisis to the epic film “Godzilla vs. King Kong.” The state is $11 billion in arrears for all bills. The state appropriation ran out December 31, 2016 so lawmakers have asked non-profits to keep providing service with the promise that eventually Illinois’ spending authority will be restored so agencies can get paid. Even with restoration, agencies like Ashley Quality Care, which has been without state payment since June 2015, will still have a fiscal gap needed to be addressed by the state. “On b
Rush Asks FCC for Explanation on Prison Phone Rates
WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) General Counsel, Mr. Brendan Carr asking him to explain the FCC’s decision not to defend, in whole, its prison phone rate letter in federal court. As Rush, who was joined by U.S. Representatives Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) and G. K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) and Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-District of Columbia), stated in the letter, “Chances for rehabilitation and successful reintegration into society are much greater when millions of Americans who are currently incarcerated are allowed to maintain communication with their loved ones and support systems.  Overpriced phone rates deter these communications and contribute to increased recidivism.” Rush, who first addressed this issue by introducing legislation in 2005, has been a longtime proponent of FCC involvement in prison phone rates. A complete copy of the letter can be found below. ###
Rush Statement on Closing of Seaway Bank
CHICAGO — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement on the recent announcement that Seaway Bank and Trust Company, Chicago, was closed by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Division of Banking: “With fewer than 30 black banks remaining in the U.S., the crisis for African-American banks is obvious and growing. Difficult economic conditions in the African-American community and an inability to expand into more creative and innovative products have limited the amount of economic growth for these banks. Add to this, a tough regulatory environment where these banks are constantly having their business models and decisions questioned any time they try something new or innovative. These same complaints exist for community banks as well but are exasperated by the relatively more difficult economic conditions in the African-American community. “A concerted effort must be undertaken to improve the environment for all

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