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Mike Quigley was elected to Congress to represent Illinois’ 5th District on April 7, 2009. A former Cook County Commissioner, Quigley has served his community for over twenty years.


He began his career serving as an aide to former 44th Ward Alderman Bernie Hansen and became a champion for environmental protection, equal rights, and ethical, open government.


As the Commissioner from Cook County’s 10th District, Quigley fought for transparency, accountability, and fiscal sanity, earning the reputation as an honest and effective leader on reform.


During his time on the Cook County Board of Commissioners, Quigley sponsored every piece of major environmental legislation adopted by Cook County government, and still regularly participates in local clean-up and restoration efforts, earning him awards from the Audubon Society and the Sierra Club. The Chicago Reader has said he is “arguably the greenest elected official in Chicago.”


Quigley has also fought for equal rights for those in the LGBT community, additional protections for victims of domestic abuse, and a woman’s right to choose.


A staunch advocate for government reform and accountability, Quigley wrote several revolutionary memos laying out detailed plans for the “reinventing” of Cook County government, to make it more efficient and more responsive to its citizens.


Quigley did his undergraduate work at Roosevelt University, earned a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Chicago, and a law degree from the Loyola University School of Law, all in Chicago. He also served as an adjunct professor of political science at Loyola University Chicago and Roosevelt University, lecturing on politics, the environment and local government. He was a practicing lawyer for almost twenty years.


Congressman Quigley sits on the House Committee on the Judiciary and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and has continued his strong commitment to those issues important to him and the 5th District.


Quigley lives with his wife Barbara, daughters Alyson and Meghan, and two dogs in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood where he has lived since 1982. In his free time, he roots for the Cubs, Blackhawks, and enjoys playing ice hockey.

Entries by Mike Quigley

Supreme Court Should Be More Transparent With Financial Disclosures

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 6:13 PM

As a Justice Department official in the Reagan administration, Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts famously wrote about the peculiarity that, in America, "only Supreme Court justices and schoolchildren take the entire summer off."

When their annual vacation ended last month, the nine justices -- including...

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Hiding Under Our Desks on Nuclear Policy

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 7:14 PM

Growing up during the Cold War, I remember the seemingly imminent threat of nuclear war. In primary school we were taught to "duck-and-cover" for protection. But even as children hiding under wooden desks, we recognized the inadequacies of this strategy. Sadly, our national nuclear strategy is now showing the same...

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Embracing Equality on the 150th Anniversary of Gettysburg Address

(3) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 9:11 AM

"Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal."

This week marks the 150th Anniversary since Abraham Lincoln uttered those immortal words on November 19, 1863 at the dedication...

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The Rights of Our Daughters: Fighting for Global Reproductive Health

(13) Comments | Posted November 1, 2013 | 4:00 PM

Just over a decade ago, the United Nations took unprecedented steps to meet the needs of the world's poorest by creating the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a blueprint for action that was agreed to by 189 nations and dozens of leading development institutions.

Looking back now, it's hard to believe...

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A Call for Bipartisanship

(3) Comments | Posted August 2, 2012 | 11:41 AM

You have to wonder what a political icon like Everett Dirksen would say about newcomer Richard Mourdock's notion of governance.

Mourdock, who recently defeated Indiana senator Richard Lugar in the Republican primary, opined that "bipartisanship ought to consist of Democrats coming to the Republican point of view."

Dirksen,...

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Commonsense Gun Reform Exists and Time to Discuss It Is Now

(31) Comments | Posted July 26, 2012 | 12:49 PM

On Wednesday Rep. Mike Quigley (IL-05) spoke on the House floor on the need for Congress to debate and implement commonsense, middle-ground gun reform in the wake of last week's tragedy in Aurora, Colorado. To watch this speech, click here.

Two nights prior, six people were shot inside...

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New Fuel Efficiency Standards on the Way

(3) Comments | Posted February 17, 2012 | 4:06 PM

This Monday the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) closed its public comment period regarding the new fuel efficiency standards that will be adopted by automakers for vehicles made from 2017-2025. These new standards will increase the fuel economy for cars and light trucks to 54.5 miles per gallon, which will cut...

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The Balancing Act: Religious Rights for All

(201) Comments | Posted February 7, 2012 | 2:26 PM

On January 20th, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that most employers will need to cover contraception in their basic benefits packages. Bearing in mind the religious objections of some to contraception, the Administration also included an exemption that will allow religious institutions that exist for religious purposes...

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Paulson's Actions Raise Serious Ethical Questions

(20) Comments | Posted December 6, 2011 | 5:17 PM

Last week, we learned that Treasury Secretary Paulson disclosed material non-public information to Wall Street insiders regarding his plan to take Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac into conservatorship. In a July 21, 2008 meeting at Eton Park Capital Management LLC, which included at least five Goldman Sachs alumni,...

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The Middle Ground on Guns

(25) Comments | Posted February 23, 2011 | 5:20 PM

The horror of Tucson may be fading from the national headlines, but deadly gun-violence in Chicago is as prevalent as ever. On any given weekend a half-dozen Chicagoans lose their lives to guns.

But Chicago is not alone. Americans across the country from Ft. Hood to campuses in Dekalb and...

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Reinventing the Federal Budget

(18) Comments | Posted December 1, 2010 | 1:39 PM

Anyone who has ever asked for directions knows you need two crucial pieces of information to get good results: a starting point and a destination. As the rhetoric swirls around our growing budget deficit, we seem to have forgotten the importance of this lesson. We can't possibly figure out how...

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Trust or Bust: Reflections on One Year in Washington

(2) Comments | Posted April 21, 2010 | 2:36 PM

One year ago today, I was sworn in to represent Illinois' 5th District in the United States Congress. As I said that night on the House floor, "the people of my district gave me their trust--I can't tell you how much that means to me."

In his State...

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Gunning for Chicago

(156) Comments | Posted October 2, 2009 | 12:05 PM

As the City of Chicago digests the news of today’s Olympics decision, we must not overlook the news that came out of Washington earlier this week that will directly impact our neighborhoods, with or without the Games.

The United States Supreme Court has agreed to review McDonald vs. City of...

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Do You Think 700 Million Dollars is a Lot of Money?

(3) Comments | Posted January 29, 2009 | 2:06 PM

These days, state and local governments are struggling to make ends meet, provide services to citizens and balance their budgets. They're scrounging for every penny they can find.

What if I told you we could have an extra 700 million dollars for Cook County?

Last year, Todd Stroger told us...

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All I Want for Christmas Is a Modernized Cook County Government

(6) Comments | Posted December 18, 2008 | 4:42 PM

The Chicago Tribune editorial board rightly chastised President Todd Stroger and a majority of my colleagues on the County Board this morning for trying to stuff coal in taxpayers' stockings by borrowing hundreds of millions of dollars--just months after hiking sales taxes. The Tribune editorial also pointed to

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Blogging Where the Sun Don't Shine

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2008 | 8:12 AM

Twenty years ago this month--on August 8, 1988, to be exact--the Chicago Cubs attempted to play their first-ever night game at Wrigley Field. Mother Nature was apparently a silent member of Citizens United for Baseball in Sunshine (CUBS), the scrappy neighborhood group demanding "no lights" at Wrigley, because rain...

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