WASHINGTON — Rep. Bobby Rush of Chicago began a leave of absence from Congress on Sept. 12 because his wife, Carolyn, is ill, a Rush spokeswoman told the Chicago Tribune Thursday.
In mid-August, Rep. Rush attended a conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and had planned to take his wife, travel disclosure reports show. “Due to illness, my wife did not attend,” he wrote in a disclosure submitted to the House on Aug. 30.
Rush’s spokeswoman, Debra Johnson, said the lawmaker took the leave “to be with his wife Carolyn as she undergoes major surgery.”