Dear Friend,

Four months after I called for the replacement of Chicago Postmaster Wanda Prater, and just weeks after I convened a meeting with USPS leaders and local officials, USPS has finally heeded my call for new leadership and has brought in Eddie Morgan, Jr. to serve as Chicago's new Postmaster. Mr. Morgan has more than than 22 years of service at USPS, including most recently in Kansas City, Missouri.

I met with Postmaster Morgan last week, and I look forward to working with him to speedily address the postal issues continuing to affect residents of the 1st District. 


I am also pleased to announce that over the next two months, I will be hosting pop-up constituent service hours at various locations throughout the 1st District. Constituents can stop by to receive assistance on a variety of concerns related to Social Security, Medicare, housing, immigration, passports, and more. The first of these pop-up service hours will on Tuesday, July 6, from 12PM to 5PM at the Kallsen Center in Tinley Park Village Hall (16250 S. Oak Park Avenue).

I am honored to serve as your Congressman. Please do not hesitate to reach out to my Chicago office if you are in need of assistance by calling (773) 779-2400.

Sincerely, 

Bobby L. Rush

 I attended the first City of Chicago Juneteenth flag-raising ceremony at Daley Plaza with Rev. Jesse Jackson and was proud to cosponsor and vote for the bill President Biden signed into law to make Juneteenth a federal holiday. 

Legislative Highlights

The Colonial Pipeline cyberattack was a sharp reminder of the need to modernize our infrastructure and protect it from bad actors. I was proud to see my bill to help states address energy infrastructure vulnerabilities (H.R. 1374) pass the House of Representatives by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 398-21 this month. 

I secured more than $20 million in funding for transportation and infrastructure projects in the 1st District in the INVEST in America Act, which is being considered on the House Floor this week. View the list of projects here.



I recently introduced the Insulin Access for All Act (H.R. 4158), with more than 40 cosponsors, which would make insulin completely free for Medicare and Medicaid recipients.

I also introduced legislation that would require the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to disclose the race and gender of farm subsidy recipients, helping to ensure an end to decades of discrimination against Black farmers by USDA. Read more in Yahoo! News here.


Finally, there are currently no federal laws, and few state laws, providing oversight when bodies are donated for medical research. This has resulted in grisly abuses of donor bodies in Illinois and across the country. My bill would bring this to a screeching halt — read more from CBS Chicago here.

I had a great time visiting the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, a public school in the 1st District with a 78-acre farm and 800 brilliant students studying in agriculture and STEM fields.

Community Bulletin

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently added three more presumptive conditions related to Agent Orange exposure, expanding benefits for veterans and survivors with the following conditions: Bladder cancer, Hypothyroidism, and Parkinsonism. The VA will automatically review your case if you have previously been denied for any of these claims in the past.

Did you miss our recent housing resource symposium? Are you looking for rental or utility assistance programs, affordable housing, or information on mortgage forbearance? For all this and more, visit my new housing resource page at Rush.House.Gov/Housing.


NEW: The Congressional App Challenge launched this week!  This annual challenge is open to middle and high schoolers in the 1st District. Participants design and code an app — individually or as part of a team —  and submit it by November 1, 2021. This is a great opportunity to showcase your creativity and get hands-on experience in STEM! Learn more and register for the challenge here. My staff will hold an information session on Wednesday, July 21st at 4PM to learn more and get your questions answered — you can register here.



TOMORROW: The Housing Authority of Cook County (HACC) will be re-opening its site-based waitlist tomorrow, Wednesday, June 30th at 10AM, to fill upcoming vacancies for one-bedroom project-based voucher (PBV) units for seniors age 55 and older at Franklin Towers (9535 W. Franklin Ave in Franklin Park), Henrich House (1301 Ashland Ave in Des Plaines) and Residences of Carriage Creek (4200 Sauk Trail in Richton Park). The waitlist closes on Friday, July 2nd at 4PM. Click here for more information.


Finally, a reminder that monthly payments from the newly-expanded Child Tax Credit in the American Rescue Plan will begin on July 15th. More than 88% of families in the 1st District will benefit. Eligible families will receive a monthly payment of up to $300 for each child under age 6 and up to $250 per month for each child ages 6-17.

I joined President Preckwinkle and Mayor Bilotto to celebrate the opening of Cook County Health's new Blue Island Health Center in the 1st District. 

Vaccination Information

If you have not yet received your COVID-19 vaccine, now is the time! With the spread of the new Delta variant, it is especially critical that we all do our part to protect ourselves and our loved ones. Find the vaccination location nearest you by visiting www.vaccines.gov or by texting your zip code to 438829.  More information about the vaccines is on my website here.

All Chicago residents are eligible for in-home vaccination and a $50 gift card from Grubhub — click here to learn more

Need a ride? Uber and Lyft are providing free ride credits after you book a vaccine appointment at the United Center mass vaccination site at Zocdoc.com/Vaccine.

In other health care news, the special enrollment period for health insurance ends on August 15. The American Rescue Plan has expanded subsidies and lowered the price of health insurance 
 sign up here today.

I joined Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff at the It's Official Barbershop in the 1st District to highlight community vaccination efforts.
I toured the site for a new, state-of-the-art composting facility set to open in the 1st District next spring, which will capture methane and use it for fuel.

Grant Announcements

Securing Federal resources for our District is one of my top priorities as your Congressman. Last week, I announced that the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) will receive $6,988,646 from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to purchase electric buses and charging equipment, upgrade its South Side bus depot, and provide workforce training. 

Other recent grants awarded in the 1st District include $1,278,385 for Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago, $328,000 for mental health research at the University of Chicago, and $3,894,914 for the Chicago Department of Public Health to increase the availability and use of COVID-19 public health information and enhance vaccination efforts among underserved populations.

The White House also announced $102,073,866 for Older Americans Act (OAA) programs in the State of Illinois to support older adults. This funding was made possible by the American Rescue Plan.

I spoke at the re-opening ceremony for Seaway Self-Help Federal Credit Union in the Greater Chatham community. 

Constituent Success Story

After realizing her passport was expired just weeks before an important international trip, Joyce O. tried multiple times to contact the U.S. Passport Agency and schedule an emergency appointment. Having no success, she reached out to our office. We were able to assist her in getting an expedited appointment with plenty of time before her scheduled departure date.



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