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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 Statement on State of Illinois’ Lawsuit to Enforce Chicago Police Department Reforms
CHICAGO — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) issued the following statement today, upon an announcement by Illinois Attorney General, Lisa Madigan, that the State of Illinois would sue the City of Chicago in federal court to secure a judicial order mandating reforms in the Chicago Police Department: “I am cautiously optimistic regarding the City’s decision to support the Illinois Attorney General’s lawsuit asking a federal judge to oversee implementation of the Chicago Police Department’s reforms under a consent decree. By taking this step, the City and the police department will open the door to establishing healthy community and police relations. It will also help reassure Chicago’s citizens that the blue wall of silence that protects rogue officers will be dismantled. “Over the years, the lives of far too many African Americans and other people of color have been significantly altered or completely destroyed by those police officers who operate above the law.
Rush Introduces Three Bills to Address Key Issue Areas
WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) introduced three new bills that focus on key issues of the energy sector, credit reporting and home loan lenders. Rush introduced H.R. 3540, the Quadrennial Energy Review Act of 2017, H.R. 3538, the Mortgage Sale Transparency Act of 2017 and H.R. 3539, the Mugshots Elimination Act of 2017. “These bills were drafted with my constituents in mind because I represent their needs and serve as a voice on the issues that affect them most,” said Rush. “Each bill directly seeks to increase opportunities for economic growth across the United States. My goal is to improve quality of life and help eliminate hurdles to the American dream.” A synopsis of each bill: Quadrennial Energy Review Act of 2017: The aim of the bill is to amend the Department of Energy Organization Act to replace the current requirement for a biennial energy policy plan with a quadrennial energy review. Congress finds that the development of an energy
Rush Statement on Trump Administration's Decision to End DACA
WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) issued the following statement following Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement that the Trump Administration will rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program: "I am extremely disappointed in the Trump Administration’s decision to end DACA. We must remember that DACA participants were brought to the United States through no fault of their own and are trying to do what most Americans take for granted: go to school, earn a livable wage, and provide for themselves and their families in order to improve their lives; in short, they are trying to achieve their American dream. "Rescinding this program not only deprives our country of nearly a million talented and driven individuals, it also opens the possibility that program participants will be deported to a country that is foreign to them. A country where they may not know anybody, not speak the language, and not have anywhere to go. Simply pu
Celebrating the Americans With Disabilities Act
WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) issued the following statement in celebration of the 27th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), prohibiting discrimination against individuals with disabilities: “On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed this landmark legislation into law and, thereby, made historic progress in the march towards equality. For those in the workplace, this legislation created an opportunity for full participation by requiring employers to provide reasonable accommodations to their employees with disabilities. For the public, at large, this legislation expanded the prohibitions on discrimination that were originally enshrined in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and allowed all Americans to fully engage in their community. “Expansion of these protections marked a monumental shift for individuals in our community with a disability. With the enactment of this law, the burden of responsibility was shifted

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