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Congressman's son faces misconduct charges
Rush faces 47 counts of misconduct
By Harry Hitzeman | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 11/17/2007 12:36 AM

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For four years, Jeffrey M. Rush served as chief of security for an Illinois Department of Corrections facility in Aurora.

If convicted of misconduct, the 41-year-old Lake Zurich man and son of longtime Chicago Congressman Bobby Rush could have a view from the other side of the bars.

Rush has been charged with 47 counts of felony misconduct with three female inmates between Feb. 1 and June 18 while he worked at the Fox Valley Adult Transition Center, 1329 N. Lake St.

He surrendered to Kane County authorities Friday after a Kane County grand jury handed down the indictment this week.

Each charge carries two to five years in prison upon conviction, though probation also is an option.

Among the charges are that Rush had numerous instances of inappropriate contact with inmates, including authorizing additional release time for one inmate so the two could meet at Aurora motels for sex.

He also is accused of using a state vehicle to meet with another inmate and drive her to her home for sex.

The eight-acre Fox Valley Adult Transition Center is a female facility that provides support and services such as counseling and anger management classes for offenders as they re-enter the community and work force.

Rush was placed on administrative leave June 22 and fired from his $54,000-a-year job Sept. 10.

Illinois Department of Corrections spokesman Derek Schnapp said the department treats any allegation seriously and investigates to the fullest.

"He was put on administrative leave promptly when the department got information about potential problems," Schnapp said. "Upon completion of an internal investigation, he was terminated and the findings were referred to the appropriate law enforcement agencies."

Messages left at Jeffrey Rush's home and Bobby Rush's Chicago office were not immediately returned.

In early October, when the allegations became public through media reports, the elder Rush said in a statement: "As a father, I am deeply disturbed and saddened by the allegations against my son Jeffrey. I fully support him during these difficult times."

Jeffrey Rush's bond was set at $500,000, and his first court appearance is scheduled this morning at the Kane County Jail.