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Louanner Peters joining Bobby Rush congressional staff


Below, release from Rush.....

Congressman Bobby L. Rush names noted political strategist and public policy expert Louanner Peters as deputy chief of staff/district director for 1st Congressional District of Illinois

CHICAGO - U.S. Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-IL01) has named noted public policy expert Louanner Peters as his deputy chief of staff and director of his District-wide operations in Illinois. Peters, a well known fixture in state government and national political circles, brings a wealth of leadership to the representative's team and his constituents.

"I feel like I just got the number one player in a first round draft pick," said Rush. "Louanner is an efficient and effective leader. For over three decades she has helped to shape public policy that has greatly improved the quality of life for millions of people across the country--particularly the poor and the young. She is a powerhouse and I am honored to work with her."

Peters served as deputy governor in the Office of Governor Rod Blagojevich where she provided oversight and supervision for the Illinois' Health and Social Services, Public Safety, Natural Resources, Historic Preservation and Capitol Development agencies in the areas of policy and program consistency and fiscal management. Most recently she served as chief executive officer for JLP Consulting, LLC, a full-service strategic planning, business development and public affairs firm in Springfield, IL.

Peters also worked for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)'s Voter Empowerment Project in the organization's Baltimore headquarters where she coordinated non-partisan voter registration and education campaigns in 21 states. This is not her first time working for the U.S. House of Representatives: between 1981 and 1993, she worked in various capacities for U.S. Rep. Gus Savage (D-IL02) where she drove legislative initiatives for minority business development opportunities and public works as his chief of staff and primary advisor. Over three decades she has built an impressive resume of activism, political advocacy and fiscal management.

The savvy administrator holds a B.A. in political science from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and a master of social work from Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois in Chicago.

"I've spent most of my life in service of others and I am thrilled to be able to continue to serve the people of the 1st congressional District of Illinois as well as my nation," Peters said. "This is a tremendous opportunity and an exciting time to work in Congress. I truly look forward to working with Rep. Rush, our colleagues on the Hill and with our dynamic staff as we continue to fight to put America back to work and level the playing field for so many others."

Peters starts immediately.


Stephanie Gadlin | Deputy Communications Director/Press Secretary


I reserve the right to judge this #1 draft pick of Rep. Bobby - I do not support Art Turner, but I sure in the HELL back Gov. Quinn and his pick for Lt. Gov. Shelia Simon - Rush.

I am not going to allow Black politicians to stand up and claim racism indiscriminately, but run and hide when our people need support.

Bobby, why are you not man enough to speak boldly about Art Turner should be Quinn's number one draft pick on the Democratic ballot in November 2010?

If Quinn wants votes from the Black communities, he should have put Turner on the ticket with him!

What do you think Mr. Rush?

GOP strategy is to get democrates and black community in particular to be distracted with non-black pick in the Lt. Governor race and they could be succesfful if we do not FOCUS on Governor's race because Lt. Governor position is there to fill in for Governor, should Govenor takes time or away from office on business. Lt. Governor has no power or jurisdiction anyway.
We need democrate nominee win the general elections! It would have been nice if Turner was selected. No offense, but now this is the ground reality and we should all support both. I will.

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