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Bobby Rush

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  • Epic, Half-Realized, Wildly Swirling Thoughts on Obama, Poverty, Politics, Guns, Chicago, Being a White Guy, the Secret Service, and Little Old Lady Laughs

    Epic, Half-Realized, Wildly Swirling Thoughts on Obama, Poverty, Politics, Guns, Chicago, Being a White Guy, the Secret Service, and Little Old Lady Laughs
    President Barack Hussein Obama came to Chicago last Friday to give a speech at Hyde Park Academy on the South Side, and I went to write about it. Technically, this was my third time seeing the president speak live after making it to election night...
  • Democratic congressmen support Illinois gay marriage, though they can't vote on it

    Democratic congressmen support Illinois gay marriage, though they can't vote on it
    A day after Speaker Michael Madigan pronounced the gay marriage bill 12 votes short, a group pushing the issue tried to recapture momentum by announcing support from seven Illinois Democratic congressmen --- even though they don’t get to vote in...
  • Straddling the worlds of high finance and community activism

    Straddling the worlds of high finance and community activism
    In 1972, Jim Reynolds was less than two months shy of graduating from Chicago Vocational High School, with plans of becoming a television repairman. Raised in Englewood on the city's South Side, he had been studying the trade for two years when his...
  • Light shed on Rush's role in Metra scandal

    Light shed on Rush's role in Metra scandal
    After pressuring a Metra contractor to hire more African-American companies for a crucial South Side rail project, U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush recommended that the commuter rail agency pay $50,000 to a little-known Washington, D.C., group to monitor minority...
  • 2 Chicago men charged in Zimbabwe plot

    2 Chicago men charged in Zimbabwe plot
    They called themselves the "Chicago connection" and appeared confident that their contacts with Illinois politicians would help persuade newly elected President Barack Obama to lift longtime economic sanctions against leaders in Zimbabwe, according to...
  • U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush defends controversial rail project

    U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush defends controversial rail project
    U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush defended his role in a controversial South Side rail project Tuesday, saying racially biased reporting unfairly characterized his recommendation that Metra pay $50,000 to a little-known Washington, D.C., group to monitor minority...
  • Kirk attempts to move beyond gang member arrest flap

    Kirk attempts to move beyond gang member arrest flap
    Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk on Monday sought to move past a controversy that flared over his call for mass arrests of gang members by pushing for new federal gang-apprehension initiatives to assist local law enforcement. Earlier this year, Kirk had...
  • House Republicans schedule rare hearing on climate change

    House Republicans schedule rare hearing on climate change
    WASHINGTON – House Republicans have summoned the leaders of 13 federal agencies to a hearing next month to examine their plans to implement a sweeping climate change agenda that President Obama outlined in a June speech. Organized by the Energy...
  • Rush takes leave from Congress because of wife's illness

    Rush takes leave from Congress because of wife's illness
    WASHINGTON — Rep. Bobby Rush of Chicago began a leave of absence from Congress on Sept. 12 because his wife, Carolyn, is ill, a Rush spokeswoman said today. In mid-August, Rep. Rush attended a conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and had planned to...
  • Chicago Blues Festival: Shemekia Copeland, James Cotton to headline

    Chicago Blues Festival: Shemekia Copeland, James Cotton to headline
    Shemekia Copeland, Irma Thomas, Otis Clay, James Cotton and Billy Branch will be among the headliners at the 30th annual Chicago Blues Festival, running June 6 through 9. The festival, expanded to four days this year, will open for the first time at the...
  • Local memorials for Mandela set for Friday, Sunday

    Local memorials for Mandela set for Friday, Sunday
    Chicagoans will have a chance to sing, dance and pay respects to former South African President Nelson Mandela at services on Friday and Sunday. Chicago's South African Consulate announced a Friday memorial for the anti-apartheid leader at 7 p.m. at the...