Democratic Rep. Bobby Rush (IL), who has served in congress for 25 years, is now losing 15 percent of his $174,000 annual federal salary, due to a judge’s order that will force him to start repaying a delinquent $1 million loan on a church he bought in 2005.
His lawyer reportedly argued that Rush is old (he is 71), saying that he needed that money to spend on vitamins and healthy food products, and asked the judge to only dock his paycheck for $300 per month, but the judge instead slapped Rush with a full 15 percent dock, or $2,100 per month.
The Chicago Sun Times reported: U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush must give up 15 percent of his congressional salary to begin repaying more than $1 million he owes on a delinquent bank loan to his now-shuttered Englewood church, a judge in Chicago ordered Wednesday.
Cook County Circuit Judge Alexander White ordered the garnishment of more than $2,100 a month from the South Side Democrat’s $174,000 annual federal pay in what was another setback for the longtime congressman-turned-pastor who once promised that the house of worship he founded would help rebuild Englewood.
Creditors had filed suit against Rush in 2015.
The Chicago Tribune further reported:
Rush said at the time he started the church he wanted it to be the key part of his effort to turn things around in the economically struggling, crime-ridden neighborhood. He spoke of building affordable homes and a technology center and providing cultural programs and social services.
But little came of Rush’s grand plans, even with the congressman making donations to the church from his campaign funds — more than $200,000 in all, including $25,000 on the day Beloved closed the deal for the church building — and getting $1 million from the charitable arm of the former SBC, the telecommunications giant now known as AT&T, for a separate nonprofit he formed.
In the following video, Rush spoke out on behalf of his reelection campaign.
In 2012, Rush was kicked off the House floor for wearing a hoodie in support of Trayvon Martin.