Bobby Rush to relinquish 30-year hold on House seat
Illinois Rep. Bobby Rush, the longtime Civil Rights activist first elected to Congress in 1992, won't seek reelection in November, he told POLITICO on Monday.
Rush, a legend in Chicago politics dating back to the 1960s when he co-founded the Illinois Black Panther Party, joins a wave of House lawmakers leaving public office.
Just don't call it a retirement.
“First of all, I'm not retiring man, alright?" he said in an interview. "I am not ready to go off to some spot in the sun, sit on nobody's beach drinking...