The Better Government Association recently teamed up with the Chicago Sun-Times to publish a two-part series investigating 2nd District Congressman Bobby Rush’s finances.
The four articles cover Rush’s rent on his political office at 3361 S. Martin Luther King Dr., a backlog in owed taxes, the use of $1 million in funds for a planned technology center in Englewood that was never completed and donations from utility companies to charities affiliated with the congressman.
Sandy Bergo, executive director for the Fund for Investigative Journalism, and former Sun-Times reporter and Pulitzer Prize-winner Chuck Neubauer, revealed that Rush, his wife and a church he operates along with a non-profit based in the building owe as much as $195,000 in unpaid taxes. They also revealed that almost a year after Rush wrote a letter to the Federal Communications Commission in 2010, defending the merger of NBC and Comcast, the latter company donated $50,000 to a non-profit he founded.
On the heels of the series, published in December, the Chicago Sun-Times editorial board has called for Rush to face an ethics probe.
For more information on the series, visit bettergov.org.