Quigley on Job Creation

At every level of government, Mike Quigley has been a strong advocate for rethinking and reinventing government to create the conditions for a healthy and growing economy. As a Cook County Commissioner, he authored eight reports on ways to streamline the operations of the County and eliminate the need for job-killing taxes on hotels, restaurants and other small businesses.

In Congress he has continued the fight to reinvent government, and has been an outspoken advocate for constructive infrastructure spending. He points out that in 2009, only 4 percent of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act focused on infrastructure spending, but that 4 percent produced over a quarter of the resulting jobs. He believes the time is now to reinvest in our nation’s crumbling infrastructure and create good paying jobs.



Mike Quigley was elected to Congress to represent Illinois’ 5th District on April 7, 2009. A former cook County Commissioner who began his career serving as an aide to former 44th Ward Alderman Bernie Hansen, Mike has served his community for more than thirty years. His election to Congress was an opportunity to take his unique style of reform-minded politics, which Chicagoans have known for years, from Cook County to Washington.

Mike has established himself as a leader on many of our nation’s most challenging and significant issues. He continues to fight for full LGBT equality, a woman’s right to choose and commonsense gun law reforms that will make our communities safer. A member of the Sierra Club since he was 16, Mike continues pushing for strong environmental policies that protect our natural resources and address the growing threat of climate change. The Chicago Reader has said he is “arguably the greenest elected official in Chicago.”

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I released this statement on the resignation of Michael Flynn today:

News of General Flynn’s resignation as National Security Advisor, a position he was never fit to hold, comes as no surprise.

His secret conversations with the Russian Ambassador were disqualifying from the start and his resignation is appropriate and welcomed. Mr. Flynn undermined our national security the minute he picked up the phone, but what is just as troubling is that this serious wrongdoing and lapse of judgment in itself did not lead to Mr. Flynn’s termination. Instead, it required him to be caught in a lie to the President, Vice President and the American people. The nature of General Flynn’s’s backchannel talks underscores the urgency with which we must investigate Russia’s involvement in our political system, and raises even more questions about the Trump Administration’s relationship with Vladimir Putin.

As a member of the House Intelligence Committee, I will continue to follow the facts wherever they lead so we can address our national security vulnerabilities wherever they exist. The American people deserve to know the full scope of the Administration’s involvement with those who hacked our democracy just months ago. We need a bicameral, bipartisan, and thorough investigation now more than ever.

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