Bobby RushBobby Rush – IL1

Current Position: US Representative of IL District 1 since 1993
Affiliation: Democrat

Other Positions:
Chair, Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy

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Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) introduced bipartisan legislation with Rep. John Katko (R-N.Y.) that would award a Congressional Gold Medal to honor the contributions of all of those whose efforts led to the successful development of the lifesaving COVID-19 vaccines.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has caused once-in-a-generation damage to communities across the country, including in the 1st District, where we mourn the loss of at least 1,530 individuals to this horrific disease,” said Rush. “The development and widespread distribution of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines has saved countless lives and allowed us to begin moving forward from this public health emergency, which has deeply affected all of us and disproportionately sickened Black and Brown Americans.”

“To honor the incredible feat of medicine and science that the vaccines represent, and in recognition of the tireless efforts to deliver these vaccines to the public, I am proud to introduce legislation to dedicate a Congressional Gold Medal to those involved in the production and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines. A Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian honor that Congress can bestow, and the massive effort across the government and private sector that brought us these lifesaving vaccines is certainly worthy of this distinction. I encourage every eligible person who has not yet gotten the vaccine to do so as soon as possible — for yourself, for your loved ones, and for your community. I thank my colleague Rep. Katko for his partnership in this effort.”

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Current Position: US Representative of IL District 1 since 1993
Affiliation: Democrat

Other Positions:
Chair, Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy

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Today would be a great day to pass the Emmett Till #AntilynchingAct and finally make lynching a federal hate crime in America.

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Rep. Bobby Rush Thinks Police Departments Are Worse Now Than in His Black Panther Days

 

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Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) introduced bipartisan legislation with Rep. John Katko (R-N.Y.) that would award a Congressional Gold Medal to honor the contributions of all of those whose efforts led to the successful development of the lifesaving COVID-19 vaccines.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has caused once-in-a-generation damage to communities across the country, including in the 1st District, where we mourn the loss of at least 1,530 individuals to this horrific disease,” said Rush. “The development and widespread distribution of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines has saved countless lives and allowed us to begin moving forward from this public health emergency, which has deeply affected all of us and disproportionately sickened Black and Brown Americans.”

“To honor the incredible feat of medicine and science that the vaccines represent, and in recognition of the tireless efforts to deliver these vaccines to the public, I am proud to introduce legislation to dedicate a Congressional Gold Medal to those involved in the production and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines. A Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian honor that Congress can bestow, and the massive effort across the government and private sector that brought us these lifesaving vaccines is certainly worthy of this distinction. I encourage every eligible person who has not yet gotten the vaccine to do so as soon as possible — for yourself, for your loved ones, and for your community. I thank my colleague Rep. Katko for his partnership in this effort.”

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Bobby Rush 1

United States Representative Bobby L. Rush is a transcendent and influential American leader who keeps his legislative and policy interests focused on the needs of his constituents in the 1st Congressional District of Illinois, with an emphasis on the most vulnerable and the communities that feel left behind.  He believes deeply in the redemptive power of the human spirit and in human ingenuity and tenacity.  In office since 1993, Rush stands on the shoulders of a long line of patriots and public servants who have gone before him and who are ardent believers in our Constitution.  His life is an example of our nation’s fundamental promise and his work reflects a deep determination to bend the arc of government resources and innovation towards the needs of every American — whether they live on our nation’s main streets or its side streets.  Rush fights every day for his constituents; to improve their lives, grow the economy, bring jobs to the district, and build a stronger middle class.

Chicago and its surrounding communities are a snapshot of the diversity that is found across America.  While large parts of Rush’s district include communities that house world-class health and educational institutions and a diverse array of businesses, there are others where youth unemployment and acts of violence are far too common.  Rush has focused on providing a public policy approach to creating jobs, tackling gun violence, and making communities safer.  Rush is an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Army and an ordained minister with a Master’s Degree in Theology.  Rush has honorary doctorate degrees from the Virginia University of Lynchburg, Roosevelt University, and the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT).  In addition to his Congressional responsibilities, Rush is the pastor of the Beloved Community Christian Church of God in Christ in Chicago.  Rush listens to his constituents with a pastor’s ear and acts on their needs through hard work, empathy, and a commitment to public service. Rush was married to the late Carolyn Rush for 37 years and recently married Minister Evangelist Paulette Rush.

Legislative Highlights

From his very first year in office, Rush has focused on issues of importance to low- and middle-income families and communities.  In 1993, as a freshman in the 103rd Congress, Rush introduced bills on issues as diverse as Conflict Resolution and Mediation to Public Pensions and Community Development.

Rush’s track record of leadership on energy issues and his support for small business while serving as an alderman in the Chicago City Council paved the way for him to gain a seat on the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee in his second term.

Rush’s attention to detail in crafting national legislation inspired his peers to elect him Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection during the 111th Congress.  Under Rush’s watch, important pieces of legislation became law including the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-314).  Signed into law by President George W. Bush, this statute is a landmark piece of legislation that provided an effective congressional response to an unprecedented wave of consumer product safety recalls in 2006 and 2007.

Key pieces of legislation that Rush crafted surrounding postpartum depression, women’s health (Sec. 2951 and Sec. 2952 of Subtitle L), and prescription drug offsets (Sec. 7101 and Sec. 7102 of Subtitle B) were adopted in the landmark Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148), signed into law by President Barack Obama.

Because of Rush’s leadership over the years on a range of small business issues and community-based lending, Rush was chosen to serve as a conferee as part of the final, bipartisan deliberative process that led to the passage of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (P.L. 111-203).  Rush fought hard to help ensure that low- and middle-income consumers would never again fall prey to the ill-conceived, predatory financial practices that led to the near epic collapse of U. S. financial markets in 2008.

In 1996, Rush served as a conferee on the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (P.L. 104-104).  This law, the first major overhaul of U.S. telecommunications law in almost 62 years, marked the first time the internet was included in the broadcasting spectrum allotment and paved the way for the growth of cable and internet accessibility throughout the nation.

During his tenure, Rush has brought more than one billion dollars to the 1st Congressional District.  Through his determined advocacy, he has led efforts to fund major infrastructure projects in the district such as the reconstruction of the Dan Ryan Expressway, the Lovana S. ‘Lou’ Jones/Bronzeville Metra Station, the CREATE Englewood Flyover, the CTA Red Line Reconstruction, and the CTA Red Line 95th Street Station Renovation.  Over the years, he has obtained millions of dollars in grants for libraries, museums, municipalities, police departments, hospitals, schools, and programs that support the arts.

As Chairman of the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s Energy Subcommittee, one of Rush’s top priorities has been to increase opportunities for minorities within all sectors of the energy industry.  In order to do so, Rush has introduced the 21st Century Energy Workforce Development Jobs Initiative Act (H.R. 338).  This bipartisan bill establishes a comprehensive program to improve the education and training of workers for energy-related jobs, with an emphasis on increasing the number of skilled minorities and women trained to work in such jobs.

Today, Rush continues to carve an effective course of sound legislative leadership that protects consumers, supports our military personnel, creates jobs, expands businesses, and promotes America’s national energy policy.  As Rush looks to the future, the needs and interests of the people he serves in the 1st Congressional District of Illinois remain front and center.

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Bobby Lee Rush (born November 23, 1946) is an American politician, activist and pastor who is the U.S. representative for Illinois’s 1st congressional district, serving in Congress for almost three decades. A civil rights activist during the 1960s, Rush co-founded the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party.[1]

Rush was first elected to Congress in 1992. He has since won consecutive reelections. His district was originally principally on the South Side of Chicago, with a population from 2003 to early 2013 that was 65% African-American, a higher proportion than any other congressional district. In 2011 the Illinois General Assembly redistricted this area after the 2010 census. Although still minority-majority, since early 2013 it is 51.3% African American, 36.1% White, 9.8% Hispanic, and 2% Asian. A member of the Democratic Party, Rush is the only politician to have defeated Barack Obama in an election, which he did in the 2000 Democratic primary for Illinois’s 1st congressional district. He is the dean of Illinois’s congressional delegation.[2]

On January 3, 2022, Rush announced that he was retiring from Congress.[3]

Early life, education, and activism

Rush was born on November 23, 1946, in Albany, Georgia. After his parents separated when Rush was 7 years old, his mother took him and his siblings to Chicago, Illinois, joining the Great Migration of African Americans out of the South in the first part of the 20th century. In 1963, Rush dropped out of high school before graduating and joined the U.S. Army. While stationed in Chicago in 1966, he joined the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, which had helped obtain national civil rights legislation passed in 1964 and 1965. In 1968, he went AWOL from the Army and co-founded the Illinois chapter of the Black Panthers. He later finished his Army service, receiving an honorable discharge.

Throughout the 1960s, Rush was involved in the civil rights movement and worked in civil disobedience campaigns in the southern United States. After co-founding the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party in 1968, he served as its defense minister.[4] After the Chicago Police Department and the State’s Attorney Office assassinated Black Panther Fred Hampton in a police raid, Rush said, “We needed to arm ourselves”, and called the police “pigs”.[5] Earlier that year, Rush had discussed the philosophy of his membership in the Black Panthers, saying, “Black people have been on the defensive for all these years. The trend now is not to wait to be attacked. We advocate offensive violence against the power structure.”[6] After Hampton’s death, Rush became acting chairman of the Illinois Black Panther Party.[7] He worked on several nonviolent projects that built support for the Black Panthers in African-American communities, such as coordinating a medical clinic which offered sickle-cell anemia testing on an unprecedented scale.[8] Rush was imprisoned for six months in 1972 on a weapons charge after carrying a pistol into a police station. In 1974, he left the Black Panthers, who were already in decline. “We started glorifying thuggery and drugs”, he told People. A deeply religious born-again Christian, Rush said, “I don’t repudiate any of my involvement in the Panther party—it was part of my maturing.”[9]

Formal education

Rush earned his Bachelor of General Studies with honors from Roosevelt University in 1973, and a Master’s degree in political science from University of Illinois at Chicago in 1974. He completed a degree in theological studies at McCormick Theological Seminary in 1998.[10] On May 13, 2017, Rush received a Doctorate of Humanities, honoris causa, from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) for his outstanding contributions to Chicago.

Politics

Chicago politics

In 1975, Rush ran for a seat on the Chicago City Council, the first of several black militants to seek political office,[citation needed] and lost to incumbent alderman William Barnett, receiving 23% of the vote to Barnett’s 55% and Larry S. Bullock’s 21%.[11] Rush’s allies in the black-power movement abandoned the Democrats in the wake of the political turmoil that followed the sudden death in 1987 of Chicago’s first black mayor, Harold Washington, and formed their own political party, naming it after Washington. Rush infuriated Harold Washington Party leaders by spurning their candidates for local offices and sometimes backing white Democrats instead. He worked with the Democrats and was rewarded with the deputy chairmanship of the state party.[12]

Congressional elections

After redistricting in 1992, Rush ran in Illinois’s newly redrawn 1st congressional district, which included much of Chicago’s South Side. The district had a high proportion of African-American residents; it has been represented by Black congressmen since 1929. Rush defeated incumbent U.S. Representative Charles Hayes and six other candidates in the Democratic primary election.[13] He won the general election with 83% of the vote.[14] (The 1st is so heavily Democratic that Rush had all but assured himself of a seat in Congress with his primary win.) The district has been in Democratic hands since 1935.

In the 2000 Democratic primary for the district, Rush was challenged by Illinois State Senator Barack Obama.[15] During the primary, Rush said, “Barack Obama went to Harvard and became an educated fool. Barack is a person who read about the civil rights protests and thinks he knows all about it.”[16]

Rush claimed Obama was insufficiently rooted in Chicago’s black neighborhoods to represent constituents’ concerns.[17] Obama said Rush was a part of “a politics that is rooted in the past” and said he could build bridges with whites to get things done. But while Obama did well in his own Hyde Park base, he did not get enough support from the surrounding black neighborhoods.[18] Starting with 10% name recognition, Obama eventually gained 30% of the vote, losing by more than 2 to 1 despite winning among white voters. Rush won 61% of the vote,[19][20][21][22][23] and won the general election with 88% of the vote.[24]

Subsequent Chicago politics

In 1999, Rush ran for mayor of Chicago, but lost to incumbent Richard M. Daley, an ethnic Irish American whose father had long controlled the city as mayor.[25] He remained active in city and regional politics.

In 2013, Rush criticized U.S. Senator Mark Kirk‘s proposal that 18,000 members of the Chicago gang “Gangster Disciples” be arrested, calling Kirk’s suggestion “headline grabbing” and an “upper-middle-class, elitist white boy solution to a problem he knows nothing about”. A spokesman for Kirk said Kirk had dealt with the issues for decades.[26]

Also in 2013, Alex Clifford was forced to resign as CEO of Metra commuter rail agency, but soon after he left, a memo was released indirectly accusing Rush of using his political power to steer a $50,000 contract to a Washington-based business group.[27]

Endorsements

In the 2015 Chicago mayoral election, Rush endorsed Mayor Rahm Emanuel in Emanuel’s runoff reelection campaign against Jesus “Chuy” Garcia.[28]

In the 2019 Chicago mayoral election, Rush endorsed Bill Daley in the first round[29] and Toni Preckwinkle in the runoff.[30]

Though a very close friend of former President Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary Clinton, Rush announced early on in the 2008 Democratic primaries that he would support Obama.[31] After Obama won the presidency and vacated his Senate seat, Rush said that an African American should be appointed to the seat:[32] “With the resignation of President-elect Obama, we now have no African-Americans in the United States Senate, and we believe it will be a national disgrace to not have this seat filled by one of the many capable African-American Illinois politicians.”[33] Rush said he did not support any particular person and was not interested in the seat.[32][33] On December 30, 2008, Governor Rod Blagojevich announced his appointment of Roland Burris, the former Attorney General of Illinois; Rush was present at the press conference and spoke in support of Burris.[34]

Rush endorsed Kamala Harris in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary. After she dropped out, he endorsed Michael Bloomberg and became his campaign’s national co-chair.[35]

U.S. House of Representatives

Rush during the
103rd Congress

Rush has been considered a loyal Democrat during his tenure; in the 110th Congress, he voted with his party 97.8% of the time.[36] Rush is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus[37] and the House Baltic Caucus.[38]

Issues

Fiscal

Rush initiated the Chicago Partnership for the Earned Income Tax Credit, an ongoing program designed to help low-income working Chicago residents receive the Earned Income Tax Credit, a federal income tax credit.[39]

Healthcare

Rush sponsored the Nursing Relief for Disadvantaged Areas Act passed in 1999. The law temporarily addressed the nursing shortage by providing non-immigrant visas for qualified foreign nurses in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood and was reauthorized in 2005.[40] Rush sponsored the Melanie Blocker-Stokes Postpartum Depression Research and Care Act, named for a Chicago native who jumped to her death from a 12th-story window due to postpartum depression. The bill would provide for research on postpartum depression and psychosis and services for people suffering from these disorders.[41] The Children’s Health Act, passed in 2000, incorporated Rush’s Urban Asthma Reduction Act of 1999, amending the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant program and including an integrated approach to asthma management.[42]

Energy

Rush was very outspoken against the GOP’s No More Solyndras Bill, which would override a loan guarantee by the Energy Department to encourage research and development. The Energy Department provided a federal loan guarantee to the solar manufacturing company Solyndra to help with R&D.[43] He said the No More Solyndras Bill would be better named the No More Innovation Bill.[44]

Firearms

Rush introduced Blair Holt’s Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009 on January 6, 2009. The bill would require all owners of handguns and semiautomatic firearms to register for a federal firearms license. All sales of the subject firearms would have to go through a licensed dealer. It would also make it illegal not to register as an owner of a firearm.[45][46]

Darfur genocide

On July 15, 2004, Rush became the second sitting member of Congress, after Charles Rangel and before Joe Hoeffel, to be arrested for trespassing while protesting the genocide in Darfur and other violations of human rights in Sudan in front of the Sudanese Embassy.[47][48]

Armed forces

On February 13, 2007, Rush opposed President George W. Bush‘s proposed 20,000-serviceman troop surge in Iraq. He said the troops’ presence in Iraq was the greatest catalyst of violence there and advocated a political resolution of the situation. Rush said the troop surge would serve only to make the Iraqi situation more volatile.[49]

Trayvon Martin

On March 28, 2012, Rush addressed the House while wearing a hoodie in honor of Trayvon Martin, a teenager who was shot in Florida by a local resident. He spoke against racial profiling.[50] As the House forbids its members from wearing headgear as a breach of decorum, Rush was called out of order and escorted from the chamber.[51]

Lynching

Rush twice introduced the Emmett Till Antilynching Act (named for Chicago teenager Emmett Till) to make lynching a federal crime.[52][53] Federal anti-lynching legislation in Congress had been held up for about 100 years, but the Emmett Till Act finally became law in 2022.[54]

Committee assignments

In the 115th United States Congress (January 3, 2017, to January 3, 2019):

Caucus memberships

Missed votes

Rush’s career average missed vote percentage is 15.7, much higher than the median missed vote percentage of 2.2 for members of the House.[56] In the first session of the 114th session of Congress (January to December 2015), Rush missed 15.6% of the votes and ranked 12th in missed votes.[57] He had the distinction of missing more votes than any other member of the House between 2007 and 2015: of 6,906 votes, Rush missed 1,549 (22.4%). Health issues for Rush and his wife were his main explanations for his high number of missed votes.[58][59]

Ethics concerns and conflicts of interest

The Office of Congressional Ethics referred a matter involving Rush to the House Ethics Committee in 2014.[60] The Office of Congressional Ethics report found he did not pay about $365,000 in rent for longtime use of an office to conduct politics.[61][62] Rush has paid family members for years in questionable practices. He had a family member who for years worked for his church but was paid by a campaign supporter and friend.[63] The Federal Election Commission questioned a Rush campaign-finance report that showed thousands of dollars spent on vague categories such as “campaign visibility” and “services rendered.” His campaign paid his wife, Carolyn, $50,000 in 2015 for consulting, and his brother, Marlon Rush of Lansing, $13,000 in 2016 for two months’ work as campaign manager, according to FEC reports.[64][65] Oxford Media Group Inc., an Oak Brook company owned by multimillionaire businessman Joseph Stroud, paid the Commonwealth Edison bill—which was well past due, totaling $17,900 for Rush’s Beloved Community Christian Church in 2010. Rush had personally been named in a ComEd lawsuit over the church’s previous unpaid bills. Stroud was trying to break into the wireless phone industry dominated by Verizon and AT&T, and Rush was pushing for federal tax incentives that would give one of Stroud’s other companies a leg up as a minority-owned business. A nonprofit Rush started got $1 million from the charitable arm of what is now AT&T for what turned out to be a failed effort to create a “technology center” in Englewood. At the time, the telecom giant was seeking support for legislation in a House committee of which Rush was a key member.[66]

From 2001 to 2013, businesses counting on favorable actions by Rush in Congress donated roughly $1.7 million to his pet charities. Rush attracted more charitable corporate giving than any other Illinois congressman by a large margin, according to a Sunlight Foundation study of expenditures from 2009 to 2011. While it is impossible to assign cause and effect, at critical junctures Rush parted with fellow liberal Democrats in Congress to take pro-industry positions aligned with corporate benefactors SBC/AT&T, Comcast and ComEd.[67]

Electoral history

Illinois 1st Congressional District General Election, 1992[68]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Bobby L. Rush 209,258 82.81
RepublicanJay Walker43,45317.19
Total votes252,711 100.0
Illinois 1st Congressional District General Election, 1994[69]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Bobby L. Rush (incumbent) 112,474 75.73
RepublicanWilliam J. Kelly36,03824.27
Total votes148,512 100.0
Illinois 1st Congressional District General Election, 1996[70]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Bobby L. Rush (incumbent) 174,005 85.67
RepublicanNoel Naughton25,65912.63
LibertarianTim M. Griffin3,4491.70
Total votes203,113 100.0
Illinois 1st Congressional District Democratic Primary, 1998[71]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Bobby L. Rush (incumbent) 85,696 88.82
DemocraticCaleb A. Davis, Jr.10,78511.18
Total votes96,481 100.0
Illinois 1st Congressional District General Election, 1998[72]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Bobby L. Rush (incumbent) 151,890 87.11
RepublicanMarlene White Ahimaz18,42910.57
LibertarianMarjorie Kohls4,0462.32
Total votes174,365 100.0
Illinois 1st Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2000[73]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Bobby L. Rush (incumbent) 59,599 61.98
DemocraticBarack Obama29,64930.83
DemocraticDonne E. Trotter6,9157.19
Total votes96,163 100.0
Illinois 1st Congressional District General Election, 2000[74]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Bobby L. Rush (incumbent) 172,271 87.81
RepublicanRaymond G. Wardingley23,91512.19
Total votes196,186 100.0
Illinois 1st Congressional District General Election, 2002[75]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Bobby L. Rush (incumbent) 149,068 81.17
RepublicanRaymond G. Wardingley29,77616.21
LibertarianDorothy G. Tsatsos4,8122.62
Total votes183,656 100.0
Illinois 1st Congressional District General Election, 2004[76]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Bobby L. Rush (incumbent) 212,109 84.86
RepublicanRaymond G. Wardingley37,84015.14
Total votes249,949 100.0
Illinois 1st Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2006[77]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Bobby L. Rush (incumbent) 81,593 81.58
DemocraticPhillip Jackson18,42718.42
Total votes100,020 100.0
Illinois 1st Congressional District General Election, 2006[78]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Bobby L. Rush (incumbent) 146,623 84.06
RepublicanJason E. Tabour27,80415.94
Total votes174,427 100.0
Illinois 1st Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2008[79]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Bobby L. Rush (incumbent) 134,343 87.45
DemocraticWilliam Walls, III19,27212.55
Total votes153,615 100.0
Illinois 1st Congressional District General Election, 2008[80]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Bobby L. Rush (incumbent) 233,036 85.87
RepublicanAntoine Members38,36114.13
Total votes271,397 100.0
Illinois 1st Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2010[81]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Bobby L. Rush (incumbent) 68,585 79.70
DemocraticJoAnne Guillemette8,0359.34
DemocraticFred Smith5,2036.05
DemocraticHarold L. Bailey4,2324.92
Total votes86,055 100.0
Illinois 1st Congressional District General Election, 2010[82]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Bobby L. Rush (incumbent) 148,170 80.36
RepublicanRaymond G. Wardingley29,25315.87
GreenJeff Adams6,9633.78
Total votes184,386 100.0
Illinois 1st Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012[83]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Bobby L. Rush (incumbent) 64,533 83.85
DemocraticRaymond M. Lodato3,2104.17
DemocraticHarold L. Bailey2,5983.38
DemocraticClifford M. Russell Jr.2,4123.13
DemocraticFred Smith2,2322.90
DemocraticJordan Sims1,9802.57
Total votes76,965 100.0
Illinois 1st Congressional District General Election, 2012[84]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Bobby L. Rush (incumbent) 236,854 73.82
RepublicanDonald E. Peloquin83,98926.18
Write-in votesJohn Hawkins10.00
Total votes320,844 100.0
Illinois 1st Congressional District General Election, 2014[85]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Bobby L. Rush (incumbent) 162,268 73.09
RepublicanJimmy Lee Tillman59,74926.91
Total votes222,017 100.0
Illinois 1st Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2016[86]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Bobby L. Rush (incumbent) 128,402 71.44
DemocraticHoward B. Brookins, Jr.34,64519.27
DemocraticO. Patrick Brutus16,6969.29
Total votes179,743 100.0
Illinois 1st Congressional District General Election, 2016[87]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Bobby L. Rush (incumbent) 234,037 74.09
RepublicanAugust (O’Neill) Deuser81,81725.90
Write-in votesTabitha Carson80.00
Total votes315,862 100.0
Illinois 1st Congressional District General Election, 2018[88]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Bobby L. Rush (incumbent) 189,560 73.51
RepublicanJimmy Lee Tillman, II50,96019.76
IndependentThomas Rudbeck17,3656.73
Total votes257,885 100.0
Illinois 1st Congressional District General Election, 2020[89][90]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Bobby L. Rush (incumbent) 239,943 73.08
RepublicanPhilanise White85,02725.01
Total votes325,123 100.0

Beloved Community Christian Church

Rush is pastor of the Beloved Community Christian Church in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. Leaders of other Englewood nonprofit organizations complained that the church’s programs—a community development corporation Rebirth of Englewood, a public health center, and a group serving teens convicted of crimes—received inordinate government aid and weighed heavily on their own efforts for renewal.[91]

Unpaid taxes and wage garnishment

In 2013, Rush and his wife, the Beloved Community Christian Church of which Rush is pastor, and another nonprofit organization operating out of the church had tax delinquencies totaling $195,000, and the pattern of tax delinquency was a decade old. Unpaid taxes included property taxes, income taxes, and employee withholding taxes.[92] New City Bank sued Rush and his wife for $500,000, claiming they failed to pay their property taxes in 2009.[93][94] In 1994, Rush owed the IRS $55,000 in federal income taxes, according to Cook County records.[95]

Since 2018, 15% of Rush’s congressional salary has been garnished to repay more than $1 million he owes on a delinquent loan for the now-closed church he founded in Chicago. Cook County Circuit Judge Alexander White ordered Rush to repay the $550,000 loan that New City Bank granted him and seven other co-signers in 2005. With the money, Rush bought the former Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Englewood and restyled it as the Beloved Community Church of God in Christ.[96]

Personal life

Rush has been married three times.[97][98] His first marriage, when he was 19, was to Sandra Milan. They had two children together[97] and divorced in 1973.[97] He was married to community organizer, precinct captain, and political strategist Carolyn Thomas from 1980 or 1981 until her death from congestive heart failure on March 13, 2017.[99][100] Their blended family had seven surviving children at the time of her death.[100] On June 30, 2018, Rush married minister and author Paulette Holloway.[98]

Rush’s son Huey Rich was murdered on the South Side of Chicago at age 29, in October 1999.[101][102][103] He was named after Black Panther co-founder Huey P. Newton. Rich’s mother was Saundra Rich, whom Rush never married.[102] On October 18, 1999, Rich was approached outside his apartment building by Leo Foster and Darcell Prince, who falsely claimed to be police officers.[104] They wore bulletproof vests, and carried walkie-talkies, guns, and badges, but Rich didn’t believe them and ran.[102][104] Foster and Prince chased and shot Rich, then stole several hundred dollars and keys from his pockets.[104] He died in the hospital four days later from extensive blood loss.[105] Foster told police that he and Prince were coming to collect $110,000 worth of cocaine that Rich had been paid to procure but hadn’t delivered.[101][104] Rich’s friends didn’t believe Foster’s story, with some suggesting it may have been a case of mistaken identity.[101] Rush said Rich “was involved in positive—as far as I know—endeavors”, adding “as parents, we don’t always know”.[101] Foster was sentenced to 60 years in prison for the murder and Prince to 50 years.[106] The murder prompted Rush to prioritize efforts to reduce gun violence.[102]

In 2008, Rush had a rare type of malignant tumor removed from his salivary gland.[107] He is a member of Iota Phi Theta fraternity.[108] According to a DNA analysis conducted under the auspices of the TV program Know Your Heritage, he is descended mainly from the Ashanti people of Ghana.[109] Rush attributed his election to Congress to Tony Robbins.[97] His heroes include Abraham Lincoln, Kit Carson, and Huey P. Newton.[97]

In 2018, Rush’s son Flynn Rush unsuccessfully ran for a seat in the Illinois House of Representatives, losing in the Democratic primary to Curtis Tarver.[110][111]

See also

References

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    “The COVID-19 pandemic has caused once-in-a-generation damage to communities across the country, including in the 1st District, where we mourn the loss of at least 1,530 individuals to this horrific disease,” said Rush. “The development and widespread distribution of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines has saved countless lives and allowed us to begin moving forward from this public health emergency, which has deeply affected all of us and disproportionately sickened Black and Brown Americans.”

    “To honor the incredible feat of medicine and science that the vaccines represent, and in recognition of the tireless efforts to deliver these vaccines to the public, I am proud to introduce legislation to dedicate a Congressional Gold Medal to those involved in the production and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines. A Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian honor that Congress can bestow, and the massive effort across the government and private sector that brought us these lifesaving vaccines is certainly worthy of this distinction. I encourage every eligible person who has not yet gotten the vaccine to do so as soon as possible — for yourself, for your loved ones, and for your community. I thank my colleague Rep. Katko for his partnership in this effort.”

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    “The Build Back Better Act will be one of the most transformative pieces of legislation for Americans in generations, and I am proud to have ensured that this bill will include major steps forward in reducing health inequities,” said Congresswoman Kelly. “For too long, Black Americans, people of color, and low-income individuals have been left behind when it comes to healthcare access, leading to disproportionately higher rates of certain illnesses, maternal mortality, and death. No more. We must pass the Build Back Better Act to bring reliable, affordable healthcare coverage to all Americans regardless of where they live or what they look like.”

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    Gun violence is a public health crisis, but at the federal level we are neither doing enough to prevent it nor to mitigate its impacts. We have seen the mass shootings that have claimed the lives of shoppers, salon workers and pedestrians so far this year. However, what causes deeper concern is how prevalent and pervasive gun violence is in the daily lives of our community members.

    We are battling a public health epidemic, but we are not treating it that way. We must address the far-reaching health risks of gun violence and the systemic racism that normalizes the deaths of young Black men. Each life lost to gun violence is a tragedy, and, unfortunately, deaths are not the only impact. For every shooting, countless people are traumatized, left to grieve a loved one, angered by the event and left increasingly anxious about the safety of their communities.

    The mental health impacts of gun violence are both cause and effect of this tragedy. Without addressing the generations of trauma some communities have experienced, we will not be able to pull ourselves out of this epidemic. Of course, there are also the physical and financial costs we must address. People injured by gun violence often face challenging and expensive recoveries, including surgeries and physical therapy. Many live with disabilities for the rest of their lives.

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    Celebrated every year during National Small Business Week and the day before the start of Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15), National Latino Small Business Day is designed to highlight the significant contributions made by Latino business owners, entrepreneurs and workers across the United States.

    “In the past decade, Latinos have started more small businesses at a faster rate than any other demographic across the United States. Despite this historic growth, this pandemic has disproportionately hit Latino entrepreneurs, with far too many struggling to access the federal relief they need to survive,” said Congresswoman Newman. “I am proud to introduce this resolution to honor the Latino small businesses that form the backbone of our communities in Illinois’ 3rd District and across the entire nation. On this National Latino Small Business Day, it’s time our nation recognizes that when Latino small businesses thrive, our entire nation thrives.”

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  • Jesús “Chuy” García- IL4 Jesús “Chuy” García- IL4 Jesús "Chuy" García

    WASHINGTON, D.C. –Representatives Jesús “Chuy” García, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley and Mondaire Jones released today a statement urging President Biden to appoint a new Federal Reserve Chair rather than reappoint Jerome Powell. The full statement follows.

    “As news of the possible reappointment of Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell circulates, we urge President Biden to re-imagine a Federal Reserve focused on eliminating climate risk and advancing racial and economic justice. This consequential appointment has the potential to remake the composition of the Board of Governors. While the Federal Reserve has made positive changes to its approach to full employment reflected in the new monetary policy framework, our concerns with Chair Powell’s track record are two-fold. Under his leadership the Federal Reserve has taken very little action to mitigate the risk climate change poses to our financial system. To illustrate, the Federal Reserve received a D- rating for its approach to climate risk policies from Positive Money’s Global Central Bank Scorecard, placing it at the bottom of the G20 Central Banks. At a time when the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is warning of the potential catastrophic and irreversible damage inflicted by a changing climate, we need a leader at the helm that will take bold and decisive action to eliminate climate risk. Secondly, under Chair Powell the Federal Reserve has substantially weakened many of the reforms enacted in the wake of the Great Recession regulating the largest banks, including capital and liquidity requirements, stress tests, the Volcker Rule, and living will requirements. During the 2008-financial crisis, millions of Americans lost their homes and jobs, and many have failed to fully recover. Weakening financial regulations that were specifically created to prevent such a disaster from happening again, risks the livelihoods of Americans across the country. To move forward with a whole of government approach that eliminates climate risk while making our financial system safer, we need a Chair who is committed to these objectives. We urge the Biden Administration to use this opportunity to appoint a new Federal Reserve Chair.”

  • Mike Quigley – IL5 Mike Quigley – IL5 Mike Quigley

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    Mike Quigley was elected to Congress to represent Illinois’ 5th District after serving his community for more than thirty years. He grew up in Carol Stream, IL, and worked his way through college – first Roosevelt University, then the University of Chicago and Loyola University Chicago. He served as a Cook County Commissioner from 1998 until 2009, where he worked to increase transparency within the Cook County Board of Commissioners. His election to Congress was an opportunity to take his unique style of reform-minded politics, which Chicagoans have known for years, from Cook County to Washington.

    As a member of the House Committee on Appropriations, Mike is using his position to prioritize investments in innovation and Chicago-area infrastructure, which will grow the local economy and spur job creation. He currently serves as the Chair of the Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government where he is focused on continuing his efforts to protect consumers, promote small business, and protect our financial system.

    In 2015, Mike was appointed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi to serve on the influential House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI). Representing Chicago, one of the nation’s largest cities and a major hub for travel and commerce, Mike brings to the committee a unique understanding of the national security challenges we face and has championed policies that will keep America safe. His role on the Select Committee also placed him at the center of the years-long Russia investigation and the first impeachment of President Donald Trump.

    Mike is the co-founder and co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Transparency Caucus and has introduced landmark legislation that would significantly strengthen oversight at all branches of the federal government and utilizes 21st century technology to expand public access to information.

    Mike has established himself as a leader on many of our nation’s most challenging and significant issues. He continues to fight for full LGBT equality as Vice Chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus, as well as a woman’s right to choose, and commonsense gun law reforms that will make our communities safer. His recent legislative efforts have included the ACT for ALS to create a new pathway to deliver treatment for neurodegenerative diseases, the Big Cat Public Safety Act to end private ownership of big cats, and the Park District Community Support Grant Program to support Chicago’s famous park districts.

    In his free time, Mike teaches a course on intelligence and national security at the University of Chicago and lives in Chicago with his wife, Barb, and their two dogs, Maisy and Finneas.

    By tackling climate change now, we can keep our costs low in the future

    In recent weeks, Republicans have criticized President Joe Biden’s American Jobs Plan by claiming that its focus is not on traditional infrastructure.

    That’s true. And that’s exactly the point.

    We have to build forward, not backward. That means improving our roads and bridges but also going far beyond those priorities. We live in a new world where infrastructure is the internet we surf, the electric grid that powers our homes, the pipes that deliver our water and so much more.

    As we begin the difficult work of rebuilding for a post-pandemic future, we must be laser-focused on building a sustainable, resilient and just society that works for everyone, no matter where they live, how they live or how much money they make. What we do now will determine what kind of country we are and what kind of future we want.

    After a natural disaster strikes, infrastructure is rebuilt according to strict resilience criteria put in place to withstand the impact of a future natural disaster. We must take the same approach to rebuilding from the pandemic and use this opportunity to address some of the major issues that have plagued our built environment for a lot longer than the past year.

    The single most important first step we can take is to build in a way that confronts the challenges of climate change head-on. New infrastructure should always prioritize good environmental policy, but it also means building smart and emphasizing things that offer economic benefits both now and in a low-carbon future. They include functional and reliable locks and dams on our waterways; permeable pavement and other green infrastructure to minimize flood damage; electric vehicle charging infrastructure; and an efficient freight rail system. Moreover, distributed power generation and other electric grid improvements are a prerequisite for powering our economy, safeguarding our way of life and meeting our climate goals — an issue I’ve been working on diligently in Congress.

    While tackling climate change is no inexpensive feat, and I know the price tag can sometimes seem daunting, by ensuring our infrastructure meets these requirements now, we can keep our costs low in the future.

    Investing in good, reliable, and environmentally sustainable infrastructure is simply an investment — it pays a return. And I’m concerned it’s an investment that other countries, such as many in the European Union, India and China, have been prioritizing over the past few decades at many times the rate the U.S. has. Our economic competitiveness depends on a reliable infrastructure.

    We recently saw the catastrophic results of failing to make our infrastructure responsive to climate change. In February, the Texas electric grid collapsed under the weight of an unprecedented weather event, just another piece of evidence of the effects of climate change.

    It should be a warning that we must invest in not only preparing the grid for these unusual weather systems, but also in clean energy, which fared better in that crisis than other sources of power. Our economy depends on us being prepared for weather events. It is quite literally a matter of life and death for millions of Americans.

    Investing in the infrastructure of our individual communities is critical also to our overall safety as a nation. Strengthening the power grid in one state saves lives in that state, but it also has a ripple effect across the country. The same is true with our water infrastructure — which has already been virtually attacked this year — our health care system and the vital supply chains we rely on.

    To that end, we must fortify our natural safeguards in the interest of our national security. If we are concerned about the threat of foreign or domestic attacks, our infrastructure is just one way to keep our country safe. This means investing in programs that direct funds to where they are most needed: our nation’s highest-threat metropolitan areas, state capital cities and government buildings. Cities face ever-changing threat environments, and it is crucial that we provide them with the funding they need to invest in resources to shore up our infrastructure to keep Americans safe, such as much-needed security measures like cameras, physical barriers and controlled entry systems.

    We are a more divided nation than we have been in generations, but rolling up our collective sleeves and digging in to make our country work better for everyone can help bring us back together. Repairing our nation’s infrastructure is not something we can accomplish overnight, and neither is bridging our differences. But just as our roads and bridges bring us together and connect us across distances, I believe that the shared goal of pursuing transformative reinvestment in our infrastructure can help us overcome our political divides.

  • Sean Casten – IL6 Sean Casten – IL6 Sean Casten

    Today, U.S. Representative Sean Casten released the following statement in support of students and teachers facing intimidation from anti-mask protestors:

    “I am so grateful for all our educators and public health officials who got us through a very difficult COVID year, managing transitions between in-person, hybrid and remote learning as we fought to curtail the spread of the virus before a vaccine was available. Sadly, their efforts continue to be politicized by that small but loud subset of people who find it politically useful to infect the public square with their hatred and fear. Our teachers deserve our respect and gratitude. Our children deserve a walk to school and learning environment free from political interference and transmissible disease. I would remind our teachers and students that the overwhelming majority of their neighbors support them, and I urge the protestors who do not to put science and respect for their neighbors above their short-term political interests.”

    Dive Brief:

    • What do the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, rapper Megan Thee Stallion and climate change have in common? They’re all tied to a new campaign launched on the House floor Tuesday intended to boost FERC’s visibility on Capitol Hill.
    • The “Hot FERC Summer” campaign, launched by Rep. Sean Casten, D-Ill., and supported by other Democratic members of Congress is a play on Stallion’s 2019 hit “Hot Girl Summer” — a move Casten’s office hopes will bring increased attention to FERC at a critical time for climate and clean energy policy.
    • The commission is awaiting a nominee from the White House to fill Commissioner Neil Chatterjee’s soon-to-be-empty seat. In the meantime Casten and his colleagues are introducing a trio of FERC-related bills, including one that could open the door for FERC to implement a carbon price, according to Casten.
  • Danny K. Davis – IL7 Danny K. Davis – IL7 Danny K. Davis

    ‘I almost didn’t run,’ Davis says at reelection launch
    https://www.oakpark.com/2021/08/10/i-almost-didnt-run-davis-says-at-reelection-launch/August 10, 2021

    During a campaign event outside of his district offices on Chicago’s West Side, longtime Congressman Danny K. Davis (7th) announced on Aug. 8 that he’s running for another term.

    Several suburban political leaders, including Cook County Assessor and Oak Park resident Fritz Kaegi, Bellwood Mayor Andre Harvey and Forest Park Mayor Rory Hoskins, spoke in support of Davis at Sunday’s launch.

    “I’m so happy to be here today to stand next to Danny, because Danny’s been standing next to me for well over 30 years,” said Harvey. “He’s been my mentor, he’s been a friend to the village of Bellwood … and we’re going to make sure everyone in Bellwood and the Proviso Township area support Danny.”

    Hoskins said he’s known Davis for about 20 years and considers him “something of a mentor,” adding that since he took office in Forest Park, Davis “has been that much more of a mentor.”

    During his remarks, Davis talked about the Second Chance Act — legislation the West Side congressman introduced in 2007 that has helped smoothen the path to reentry for prisoners around the country.

    Davis also touted the Community Renewal and New Markets Act, legislation that the congressman said was “the last bill that Bill Clinton signed when he was president” and that “has brought billions of dollars in reinvestment to our disadvantaged communities all over America.”

  • Raja Krishnamoorthi- IL8 Raja Krishnamoorthi- IL8 Raja Krishnamoorthi

    Today, in response to the news that the Biden Administration is buying hundreds of millions of additional doses of the BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine to donate around the world, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) issued the following statement:

    “As founder and co-chair of the COVID-19 Global Vaccination Caucus, I am encouraged by the news that President Biden intends to donate hundreds of millions of additional doses of the BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine. With more than 4.5 billion people around the world who have yet to receive a single dose of any COVID-19 vaccine, including less than 2% of the populations of low-income countries, there is an urgent and dire global need for access to these lifesaving vaccines.

    This is undoubtedly a step in the right direction, but I urge the President to take bolder action as soon as possible. While the Administration has already committed to donating 600 million doses worldwide, only 140 million have actually been donated. With 4.5 billion people unvaccinated globally and with the potential need for booster shots, the time for half measures is over. We need to be talking about billions of vaccines, not millions, and we need those vaccines today, not 6 months from now.

    I have advocated and continued to advocate for aggressively expanding global vaccine manufacturing capacity to produce an additional 8 billion doses over the next year, as laid out in the NOVID Act (H.R. 3778/S 1976), and I have called on the Administration to create a Pandemic Preparedness and Response Program, modeled on the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), to assist low-income countries with COVID-19 vaccine delivery and administration.

    I look forward to learning more details about the Administration’s proposal at the Global COVID-19 Summit next week, and I encourage the President to act decisively now.”

  • Jan Schakowsky- IL9 Jan Schakowsky- IL9 Jan Schakowsky

    Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and chair of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus’ Providers and Clinics Task Force, issued a statement following the news of Texas’ shameful “Heartbeat” abortion ban and the Supreme Court’s refusal to stop it from going into effect:

    “I condemn in the strongest possible terms the cruel and discriminatory enactment of Texas’s ‘heartbeat’ abortion ban. Texas now has the most extreme abortion ban in the country. It bans abortion at just six weeks – before most people even know that they are pregnant. The law even has a ‘sue thy neighbor’ provision, meaning that people who help or intend to help someone get an abortion after six weeks can be sued. The cruelty is the point.

    “This CANNOT stand. Nearly 6 in 10 Americans support a woman’s right to a safe and legal abortion. This is a pro-choice nation.

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