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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: Illinois to Lose $3.2 Billion in Federal Funding Under TrumpCare
CHICAGO — Today, the House Energy & Commerce Committee passed the Republican’s “Pay More for Less” repeal bill. U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) reacted strongly to the GOP’s latest offensive on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that will render millions of Americans without medical coverage. Illinois ranks number 48 in receiving Medicaid matching funds, with more than 212,022 enrollees in the 1st Congressional District alone. “This draconian effort by the Republicans has a long way to go before this becomes law of the land,” Rush said. “Although ‘Pay More For Less’ passed the Energy and Commerce Committee (and will likely get through the Budget Committee), this assault on American health care will face a difficult challenge when it reaches the full House of Representatives. “The American people will not sit by and have their rights reduced while the wealthy secure increases,” said Rush. “Elimination of the Medicaid expansion will strip medical cov
Let America Breathe Again
CHICAGO — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement following President Trump’s executive order undermining President Obama’s Climate Action Plan: “Today, President Trump continued on his destructive agenda of taking America backwards. With today’s executive order, the President is singlehandedly attempting to undo years of commonsense Obama-era policies that were put in place to protect our nation’s air, land and water and to mitigate against the worst impacts of climate change. Like many other heartless and thoughtless proposals put forward by this Administration, low income communities and communities of color will undoubtedly be disproportionately impacted by these backwards-looking policies. “From attempting to dismantle the Clean Power Plan, which would have reduced our nation’s carbon footprint, to repealing the ‘social cost of carbon’ requirement for federal agencies to consider when enacting policy, the President
Some 1.1 Million Illinois Residents Could Lose Health Care Coverage if ACA is Replaced With “TrumpCare”
CHICAGO — The office of Congressman Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following fact sheet about the impact of “TrumpCare” on Illinois and the 1st Congressional District if Republicans are successful in dismantling the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Illinois stands to lose $3.2 billion in federal funding. “The elimination of the Medicaid expansion will strip medical coverage from 637,056 Illinoisans and $3.2 billion in federal Medicaid funding from the state as a whole,” Rush said. “Abolishing the Medicaid expansion will prevent 55,000 of my constituents from accessing affordable health care and will have a detrimental impact on them and our society as a whole. The “Make America Sick Again” proposals from the Republicans will face a vigorous challenge when it reaches the full House.” Roughly 20 million Americans have gained access to health care through the coverage provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including subsidized coverage through the insurance Mark
Rush Announces the Passing of His Wife Carolyn Rush, 67
CHICAGO — With great sadness, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) announced the passing of his wife Carolyn, 67, who died this morning of congestive heart failure at the University of Chicago Hospital. “Today I have lost my best friend, the love of my life, my confidant and my best half,” said Rush, who was at her bedside, along with her children, when she died. “This is one of the most difficult days of my life. If there is any comfort at all, it is in knowing that Carolyn is no longer suffering and that she has returned to our Father in Heaven. I will always cherish her. She was everything to me. I am devastated.” He also said, “I want to thank everyone for their outpouring of love and support over the last several months as Carolyn’s health faded. I want to commend the University of Chicago’s medical staff who provided excellent care for her for the duration of her illness. “I also express my sincerest appreciation to my colleagues in Congress, and to my



 
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