CHICAGO — Longtime U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush of Illinois, a onetime Black Panther with a dramatic rise in Illinois politics, won’t seek reelection after 15 terms representing his Chicago-area district, according to a prepared video announcement obtained Monday by The Associated Press.
Rush, 75, was expected to discuss his future Tuesday morning at a Chicago church where the video would also be shown. He confirmed his plans to The Chicago Sun-Times, saying Monday he finalized his decision weeks ago.
The Democrat, known for anti-violence activism and racial equity work, was first elected to Congress in 1992. He holds the distinction of being the only politician to win
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