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Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 at 9:31 AM
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By Associated Press

Rush Says He's Being Investigated by Ethics Group

Rush Says He's Being Investigated by Ethics Group

Illinois Congressman Bobby Rush says the Office of Congressional Ethics is targeting him with an investigation that he says is based on published reports questioning spending by his campaign fund and the... Read »

Monday, Dec 30, 2013 at 2:05 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Rush Continues to Take Fire on Ethics Questions

Rush Continues to Take Fire on Ethics Questions

U.S. Rep Bobby Rush is facing increasing calls to answer troubling ethics questions along with speculation over his future. Read »

Sunday, Dec 15, 2013 at 5:38 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Ex-Gov. Ryan Attends Service for Mandela

Ex-Gov. Ryan Attends Service for Mandela

Ryan met Mandela on a trip to South Africa in 2000 while he was governor. Read »

Monday, Sep 23, 2013 at 4:22 PM
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By AP

Bobby Rush Takes Leave for Wife's Surgery

Bobby Rush Takes Leave for Wife's Surgery

U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush is on an official leave from Congress to spend time with his wife as she undergoes major surgery. Read »

Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 8:58 PM
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By The Associated Press
      

Kirk, Rush Tour Englewood, Vow to Fix Neighborhood

As the two lawmakers toured south side community, a 23-year-old man was wounded by gunfire near a school. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 4, 2013 at 8:01 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Kirk, Rush Discuss Gang Round-Up Plan

Kirk, Rush Discuss Gang Round-Up Plan

Congressional colleagues reiterated their commitment to friendship and bipartisanship Tuesday following a private meeting to discuss the senator's gang member roundup proposal that Rush dismissed as an... Read »

Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 1:59 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Bobby Rush Plays the Race Card

Bobby Rush Plays the Race Card

Rep. Bobby Rush has some racially-charged words for Sen. Mark Kirk’s proposal to mass-arrest member of the Gangster Disciples street gang Read »

Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 at 9:58 PM
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By BJ Lutz, Dick Johnson
      

Davis, Rush: Jackson Didn't 'Dupe' Constituents

Rep. Bobby Rush acknowledged that "the cynic in all of us rises up" in times like these but urged people to let Jackson go through the healing process. Read »

Monday, Oct 22, 2012 at 10:58 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern, Phil Rogers
      

Congressmen: JJJ En Route to Mayo Clinic

Reps. Bobby Rush, Danny Davis spent 90 minutes with Jackson at his DuPont Circle home. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 2, 2012 at 10:55 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Did Obama Get A "Free Pass" In His First Election?

Did Obama Get A

The Republican National Committee is circulating a clip from a 2000 debate in which Rep. Bobby Rush accuses Obama of getting a "free pass" in his first state senate race, by knocking his predecessor off the... Read »

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Mark W. Anderson Ward Room Blogger Mark W. Anderson is a writer and journalist specializing in public policy, politics and economics. He graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2006, and has operated a full service communications and strategy firm while working in and out of politics for more than a decade. A lifelong Chicagoan and White Sox fan, he lives in a Rogers Park apartment stacked with books and records.
Phil Rogers Emmy Award-winning reporter with trenchant insight into Chicago's political machinations.
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