WBEZ | Bobby Rush http://www.wbez.org/tags/bobby-rush Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Longtime Madigan ally could get challenge from Bobby Rush's son http://www.wbez.org/news/longtime-madigan-ally-could-get-challenge-bobby-rushs-son-113810 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP_110069437501.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)" /></div><p dir="ltr">The son of longtime U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Chicago), Flynn Rush is considering getting into the family business. &nbsp;In what would be his first campaign for public office, Rush&rsquo;s son is considering taking on one of the most established Democrats in Springfield. &nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr">Flynn Rush recently <a href="https://www.elections.il.gov/CampaignDisclosure/CDPdfViewer.aspx?FiledDocID=591373&amp;DocType=Image">filed paperwork</a> with the State Board of Elections to run in the Democratic primary against State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie, who has represented Chicago&rsquo;s Hyde Park neighborhood since 1979. She&rsquo;s the person House Speaker Michael Madigan often relies on for important legislation.</p><p dir="ltr">Flynn Rush didn&rsquo;t return WBEZ&rsquo;s calls for comment. But his uncle, Marlon Rush, did. Marlon said his nephew is still thinking about challenging Currie, and hasn&rsquo;t made a final decision. He said the younger Rush thinks not all people of the district have been represented during Flynn Currie&rsquo;s tenure in Springfield.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;He has a second nature to be concerned for all people,&rdquo; Marlon said of his nephew. He went on to say that Flynn Rush has worked on previous campaigns of his father, working in polling places and talking with community groups.</p><p dir="ltr">In a phone interview, Currie said that it&rsquo;s a free country if Flynn wants to run, but she and Flynn&rsquo;s father, Bobby Rush, have &ldquo;got along reasonably well, I would&rsquo;ve thought.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">Flynn Currie said she&rsquo;s seeking her 20th term in office &ldquo;because I still have work to do.&rdquo; She said the state faces some &ldquo;knotty problems&rdquo; in finding enough revenue for Illinois to meet the needs of vulnerable populations.</p><p dir="ltr"><em>Tony Arnold covers Illinois politics for WBEZ. Follow him <a href="https://twitter.com/tonyjarnold">@tonyjarnold</a>.</em></p></p> Mon, 16 Nov 2015 16:26:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/longtime-madigan-ally-could-get-challenge-bobby-rushs-son-113810 Congressman Rush introduces bill to fund trauma centers http://www.wbez.org/news/congressman-rush-introduces-bill-fund-trauma-centers-108145 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/bobby rush_130722_nm.jpg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr">U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) has introduced a bill that would help hospitals across the country create trauma centers, including in his own South Side Chicago district, which currently has none.</p><p>The Trauma Act of 2013 would appropriate $100 million from the federal government to grant states, including Illinois, to promote rural and urban access to trauma centers and trauma-related specialities. States would have to match that money.</p><p>&ldquo;Every member of Congress&rsquo; district is affected by too long travel times from the site of a trauma to a hospital that will indeed care for that trauma,&rdquo; Rush said Monday in front of Jackson Park Hospital on 76th and Stony Island.</p><p>Trauma centers treat the most penetrating wounds caused by car crashes, stabbings and gunshots. These Level 1 centers are equipped with comprehensive emergency medical services. Surgeons and other doctors are in the hospital 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Trauma centers also have speciality physicians.</p><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re not under any illusion that $100 million aimed at this issue is enough money but we&rsquo;ve got to start somewhere,&rdquo; Rush said. He said he wants large local hospitals to coalesce with smaller medical centers to build a trauma center. Rush doesn&rsquo;t have immediate plans to call for a vote.</p><p>The issue is personal for the South Side congressman.</p><p>In 1999, Rush&rsquo;s son was shot on east 79th Street. He bypassed Jackson Park Hospital and an ambulance took him to Christ Hospital, a trauma center, further away in south suburban Oak Lawn. His son died.</p><p>&ldquo;He could have been saved,&rdquo; Rush said. &ldquo;He would have only had to travel five to seven minutes if there was a Level 1 trauma center here at Jackson Park Hospital,&rdquo; Rush said. There are no Level 1 trauma centers for adults on Chicago&rsquo;s South Side &ndash; the area is sometimes called a &ldquo;trauma desert.&rdquo;</p><p>This past spring Dr. Marie Crandall, a professor in surgery/trauma care at Northwestern University, published a report in the American Journal of Public Health. Her data found that Chicago-area gunshot victims shot more than five miles from a trauma center had a higher mortality rate. Those patients were disproportionately black and less likely to be insured.</p><p>On Monday Crandall said some hospitals would be able to augment their services to at least treat penetrating wounds to take pressure off of Level 1 trauma centers.</p><p>The Chicago area has seven Level 1 adult trauma centers. In 2011, a <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/trauma-patients-southeast-side-take-more-time-reach-trauma-centers-93012">WBEZ analysis</a> suggested that when it came to ambulance run times to trauma centers, there were wide disparities in some parts of the city. For instance, patients living on the Southeast Side have to travel an average of<a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/trauma-patients-southeast-side-take-more-time-reach-trauma-centers-93012#MAP"> 50 percent longer</a> to get from the scene of an emergency to a trauma center. More than half of the trauma-related ambulance runs that originate in that part of town exceed 20 minutes, which is considered a professional standard within the city. Those neighborhoods include Hyde Park, Woodlawn, Pullman, South Shore and the Southeast Side.</p><p>For several years activists have pressured the University of Chicago hospital to reopen an adult trauma center. The hospital currently has one for children. But it&rsquo;s a costly endeavor. When the university operated an adult trauma center from 1986-88, it hemorrhaged $2 million a year.</p><p>That&rsquo;s only one reason the battle to reopen a trauma center on the South Side could be difficult. The state is hardly flush with cash and even if Congress passes the trauma bill, the money would not provide long-term funding.</p><p>&ldquo;A one-time infusion of cash to Jackson Park Hospital that would allow us to meet the requirements to be a Level 1 or Level 2 trauma center is not the answer because we need sustainability for something like that,&rdquo; said Dr. William Dorsey, CEO of Jackson Park Hospital. &ldquo;The problem on the Southeast Side of Chicago is that you have a high volume of trauma penetrating injuries but we unfortunately are in an area of low insurance coverage or no insurance coverage. So that combination is pretty lethal.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr"><em>Natalie Moore is WBEZ&rsquo;s South Side Bureau reporter. Follow her <a href="http://www.twitter.com/natalieymoore">@natalieymoore</a>.</em></p></p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 16:33:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/congressman-rush-introduces-bill-fund-trauma-centers-108145 U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk repudiates his mass arrest idea http://www.wbez.org/news/us-sen-mark-kirk-repudiates-his-mass-arrest-idea-108118 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Mark Kirk.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Illinois U.S. Sen. Kirk made headlines at the end of May when he proposed arresting 18,000 members of the gangster disciples.</p><p>Representative Bobby Rush responded by telling the Chicago Sun-Times Kirk&rsquo;s idea was &quot;headline grabbing&quot; and an &quot;upper-middle-class, elitist white boy solution to a problem he knows nothing about.&quot;</p><p>In the wake of the heated exchange of words, Kirk and Rush met and Kirk has pulled away from his anti-gang proposal.</p><p>&ldquo;Bobby Rush has been somewhat correct in his criticism of me that a mass arrest all at once is not actually that practical,&rdquo; Kirk said Thursday in an interview with WBEZ.</p><p>Kirk says his proposal was a reaction to the outrage he experienced due to the death of Hadiya Pendleton, the young woman who was shot and killed shortly after participating in Presidential inauguration festivities in Washington, D.C.</p><p>Kirk says he&rsquo;s still focused on whittling away at the Gangster Disciples gang and is pushing for $500 million in extra federal spending on law enforcement.</p></p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 14:33:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/us-sen-mark-kirk-repudiates-his-mass-arrest-idea-108118 Illinois pols swear they aren't communists http://www.wbez.org/story/loyaltyoath <p><p>Three quarters of the candidates in Illinois for the U.S. House have signed a loyalty oath to the United States. The optional form, submitted along with ballot paperwork, asks candidates to swear they're not communists.</p><p><strong>LOYALTY OATH:</strong> Read it (<a href="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/story/extras/2012-January/2012-01-23/loyalty.pdf">PDF</a>)</p><p>You can rest assured that candidates signing the oath don't plan to teach or advocate for the overthrow of the government, and that they're not affiliated with any communist groups or communist-front groups.</p><p>The oath used to be mandatory, but a federal court decision four decades ago made it optional. And while communism isn't much of a campaign topic these days, the loyalty oath is still popular.</p><p>The signees, according to the state election board, include 56 current candidates for Congress in Illinois, including all incumbents except for Bobby Rush and Jan Schakowsky.</p><p>"As a loyal American I did not submit a loyalty oath because it is an unconstitutional vestige of McCarthyism and a direct violation of the fundamental values that make America great," Schakowsky explained in a statement.</p><p>Three of Illinois' four state legislative leaders signed the loyalty oath, with Senate President John Cullerton the only exception.</p><p>A signed oath was included among the paperwork by two presidential candidates on the ballot in Illinois: former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, Rick Santorum. The others who filed - President Barack Obama, Texas U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and former Louisiana Gov. Charles "Buddy" Roemer - did not turn in the loyalty oath.</p><p><strong>WHO SIGNED IT?</strong> Full list from election board (<a href="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/story/extras/2012-January/2012-01-23/Loyalty%20Oath%20signees.pdf">PDF</a>)</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p> <style type="text/css"> table.tableizer-table {border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;} .tableizer-table td {padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc;} .tableizer-table th {background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold;}</style> </p><table class="tableizer-table"><tbody><tr class="tableizer-firstrow"><th>Illinois U.S. House District</th><th>Candidate</th><th>Loyalty Oath</th></tr><tr><td>1</td><td>* Bobby L. Rush (D)</td><td>Not filed</td></tr><tr><td>1</td><td>Clifford M. Russell, Jr. (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>1</td><td>Jordam Sims (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>1</td><td>Fred Smith (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>1</td><td>Raymond M. Lodato (D)</td><td>Not filed</td></tr><tr><td>1</td><td>Harold L. Bailey (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>1</td><td>Frederick Collins (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>1</td><td>Donald E. Peloquin (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>1</td><td>Jimmy Lee Tillman II (R)</td><td>Not filed</td></tr><tr><td>2</td><td>* Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>2</td><td>Deborah "Debbie" Halvorson (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>2</td><td>James H. Taylor, Sr. (R)</td><td>Not filed</td></tr><tr><td>2</td><td>Brian Woodworth (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>3</td><td>* Daniel William Lipinski (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>3</td><td>Farah Baqai (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>3</td><td>Arthur J. Jones (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>3</td><td>Richard L. Grabowski (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>3</td><td>Jim Falvey (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>4</td><td>* Luis V. Gutierrez (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>5</td><td>* Mike Quigley (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>5</td><td>Dan Schmitt (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>6</td><td>Leslie Coolidge (D)</td><td>Not filed</td></tr><tr><td>6</td><td>Geoffrey Petzel (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>6</td><td>Tim Ritter (D)</td><td>Not filed</td></tr><tr><td>6</td><td>Maureen E. Yates (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>6</td><td>* Peter J. Roskam (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>7</td><td>Jacques A. Conway (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>7</td><td>* Danny K. Davis (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>8</td><td>Raja Krishnamoorthi (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>8</td><td>Tammy Duckworth (D)</td><td>Not filed</td></tr><tr><td>8</td><td>Robert Gregory Canfield (R)</td><td>Not filed</td></tr><tr><td>8</td><td>Richard Evans (R)</td><td>Not filed</td></tr><tr><td>8</td><td>* Joe Walsh (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>9</td><td>* Janice D. Schakowsky (D)</td><td>Not filed</td></tr><tr><td>9</td><td>Simon Ribeiro (D)</td><td>Not filed</td></tr><tr><td>9</td><td>Timothy C. Wolfe (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>9</td><td>Susanne Atanus (R)</td><td>Not filed</td></tr><tr><td>10</td><td>Vivek Bavda (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>10</td><td>Brad Schneider (D)</td><td>Not filed</td></tr><tr><td>10</td><td>Ilya Sheyman (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>10</td><td>John Tree (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>10</td><td>Aloys Rutagwibira (D)</td><td>Not filed</td></tr><tr><td>10</td><td>* Robert Dold (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>11</td><td>Bill Foster (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>11</td><td>Jim Hickey (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>11</td><td>Juan Thomas (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>11</td><td>* Judy Biggert (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>11</td><td>John A. "Jack" Cunningham (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>11</td><td>Diane M. Harris (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>12</td><td>Brad Harriman (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>12</td><td>Christopher Miller (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>12</td><td>Kenneth Charles Weizer (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>12</td><td>Rodger Cook (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>12</td><td>Jason Plummer (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>12</td><td>Theresa Kormos (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>12</td><td>Teri Newman (R)</td><td>Not filed</td></tr><tr><td>13</td><td>David M. Gill (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>13</td><td>Matthew J. Goetten (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>13</td><td>Michael Firsching (R)</td><td>Not filed</td></tr><tr><td>13</td><td>* Tim Johnson (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>13</td><td>Frank L. Metzger (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>14</td><td>Dennis Anderson (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>14</td><td>Jonathan Farnick (D)</td><td>Not filed</td></tr><tr><td>14</td><td>* Randy M. Hultgren (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>15</td><td>Angela Michael (D)</td><td>Not filed</td></tr><tr><td>15</td><td>* John M. Shumkus (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>16</td><td>* Adam Kinzinger (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>16</td><td>* Donald A. Manzullo (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>17</td><td>Greg Aguilar (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>17</td><td>Cheri Bustos (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>17</td><td>George Gaulrapp (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>17</td><td>* Bobby Schilling (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>18</td><td>Steve Waterworth (D)</td><td>Not filed</td></tr><tr><td>18</td><td>Matthew A. Woodmancy (D)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>18</td><td>* Aaron Schock (R)</td><td>Filed</td></tr><tr><td>18</td><td>Darrel Miller (R)</td><td>Not filed</td></tr></tbody></table><p>(* indicates incumbent member of Congress)</p></p> Mon, 23 Jan 2012 02:55:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/loyaltyoath Illinois legislators react to death of bin Laden http://www.wbez.org/story/illinois-legislators-react-death-bin-laden-85916 <p><p>Illinois lawmakers are weighing in on news that U.S. forces have killed Osama bin Laden.</p><p>U.S. Rep. Don Manzullo, R-Ill., said Monday morning that the death of Osama bin Laden has been a long time coming.</p><p>"We hope and pray it doesn't happen, but you have to brace yourself to be even more guarded against people who may try to bring about acts of retaliation," Manzullo said.</p><p>Manzullo said the U.S. is dealing with terrorists who are madmen and don't think straight because they believe it's spiritual to kill people.</p><p>Meanwhile, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, said in a written statement that bin Laden's death is not an end to terrorism, but is a clear warning to America's enemies.</p><p>U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., called the death "an important demonstration of the will and steadfast determination of the American people."</p><p>But U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert, R-Ill., cautioned that this isn't "an occasion where we can throw up our hats and take a victory lap." Biggert said the threat of terrorism remains real and Americans must stay vigilant.</p></p> Mon, 02 May 2011 12:21:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/illinois-legislators-react-death-bin-laden-85916 Illinois' congressional delegation reacts to weekend shootings http://www.wbez.org/story/arizona/illinois-congressional-delegation-reacts-weekend-shootings <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//Mark Kirk.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Some members of Illinois' delegation to Congress are calling for a toned-down political rhetoric after the mass shootings in Arizona over the weekend.<br /><br />Local congressmen are expressing sadness and outrage at the weekend shooting in Arizona that left at least six people dead and wounded 14 others, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.<br /><br />First-term Republican Congressman Robert Dold of Illinois said the &quot;deplorable actions of one&quot; won't affect the ability of U.S. representatives to do their jobs.</p><p><br />Illinois U.S. Senator Mark Kirk, a Republican, says many members of Congress are on edge because of the shooting.<br /><br />&quot;We certainly will work with the police force of each town that we're in,&quot; Kirk said. &quot;Alert them to the meeting, prepare them in advance just in case there's any temptation by a local wacko to do a copycat kind of thing.&quot;<br /><br />Kirk said he hopes partisan rhetoric in national politics is toned down.<br /><br />Meanwhile, Democratic Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Evanston, said she agrees. Schakowsky added it's time to look at the different gun laws around the country.<br /><br />&quot;I think that the easy accessibility to all kinds of people who shouldn't have guns is something that we need to discuss,&quot; she said.<br /><br />Still, both Schakowsky and Kirk said they won't change their visibility to constituents.</p><p><br />Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. said there are troubled and desperate people watching television and listening to the radio and reacting to heated political rhetoric. &quot;And they're becoming very and increasingly anxious to do something about 'taking their government back,'&quot; Jackson said. &quot;This is our government. This government belongs to all of us. Some of this rhetoric, I believe, is contributing to an anxiety in this country that's unnecessary.&quot;<br /><br />The Senate's number-two Democrat, Illinois' Dick Durbin, told CNN that toxic rhetoric can lead unstable individuals to believe violence is an acceptable response.</p><p>Illinois Congressman Bobby Rush said he's &quot;very concerned&quot; about his own safety and the safety of other representatives following the attack.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br />The Chicago Democrat told The Associated Press the climate for political leaders is bad, particularly for those who've supported President Barack Obama.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br />Giffords has described herself as a former Republican and current moderate centrist Democrat.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br />Rush said he's told those around him to be more vigilant, but said he doesn't plan to scale back on any public appearances.</p><p><em>The Associated Press contributed to this story.</em><br /><br />&nbsp;</p></p> Sun, 09 Jan 2011 19:09:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/arizona/illinois-congressional-delegation-reacts-weekend-shootings