Judge duns U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush for delinquent loan, taps his congressional pay

Chicago Sun-Times | 3/17/2018 | Sun-Times Staff
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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.

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Though rare, it isn’t the first time a congressman’s wages have been garnished. In one case, in 2014, it happened to U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, a Missouri Democrat who owed more than $1.3 million from a loan for a carwash.

Rush was ordered last June to repay the loan made more than a dozen years ago to buy the limestone, Gothic-style building at 6430 S. Harvard Ave. for what became Beloved Community Church of God in Christ.

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Rush bought the former Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, built in the 1920s, in 2005 for $800,000, in part with a $550,000 bank loan from New City Bank. Rush and seven other church members cosigned the loan to the church. Rush’s creditors dropped the other co-signers of the loan from their lawsuit, leaving Rush liable for the entire judgment.

The church stopped making its $3,562 monthly payments in November 2011, records show, and creditors sued Rush and entities linked to him in 2015.

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Rush’s lawyer, Berton Ring, tried to get the judge to take only $300 a month from Rush’s congressional pay, citing the congressman’s financial troubles, the death of his wife last year and his having to maintain households in both Chicago and Washington...
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