below, from Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.)....
Congressman Bobby L. Rush Has Not Made A Decision
To Close His District Office in the Most Violent Police Beat in Chicago
WASHINGTON - In the wake of the shocking assassination attempt on Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and the shooting deaths of six people, including a congressional aide, Illinois Congressman Bobby L. Rush has been queried by national and local media about his own security concerns. In response to a specific question about what measures he uses to secure the safety of his staff and if he had current safety concerns, the legislator responded by saying he was "considering" closing his district office, located at 700 - 706 E. 79th Street, due to concerns expressed by his staff and constituents.
Congressman Rush has not closed this office and he has not made a decision on whether to close this office, one of two located in the 1st congressional district. Any reports to the contrary are inaccurate.
For nearly two decades Congressman Rush's 79th Street office has been located in Beat 624, which recently was called the "most violent" police beat in the City of Chicago. The office, located near 79th and Cottage Grove, is based in a hot spot for fatal shootings, criminal assaults, robberies as well as gang and drug-related activity. It is also near areas where two Chicago police officers lost their lives. Given these facts, Rush believes that appropriate safety and security resources should be distributed throughout this district so that relative peace and the rule of law can be maintained.
As a lawmaker, activist and responsible employer, Congressman Rush is concerned about the safety of the residents who live within Beat 624 as well as his constituents and his congressional staff.
It's worth noting that the security measures of staff on Capitol Hill are quite different than those used within congressional districts. Rush and his staff are working with the U. S. Capitol Police and other appropriate law enforcement officials to determine the appropriate safety precautions that need to be adopted to ensure the safety of those who access his Chicago district offices, as well as those who work there on a daily basis.
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