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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've decided who I'll be supporting for Governor and it's JB Pritzker. Read below to learn why and please share with your networks.

In Washington today, I have a front row view to the most dysfunctional leadership in the White House and Congress we may ever see. There are very dangerous actors abroad that are trying to actively harm our citizens and the Republicans in Congress are too afraid to stand up to the menace that is Donald Trump.

When one branch of our government fails, others need to step up and protect us, promote our economic interests, and preserve the gains we have made as a society. The people of Illinois need leaders in their State government right now to make up for the breakdown of Congress and the White House. Bruce Rauner has been an absolute failure when it comes to this momentous responsibility. So, I believe Democrats in Illinois have a special responsibility to our fellow citizens to put forward a candidate who will not only defeat Rauner, but restore Illinois. For that reason, I endorsed JB Pritzker for Governor this week.

I’ve known him for a long time and he's a person whose progressive ideals make him somebody I believe you can trust to fix the problems in Springfield. He cares deeply about justice, civil rights, the future of our children and our state's economy. Whether it's his work with the Center on Wrongful Convictions, the Illinois Human Rights Commission, the 1871 tech incubator or expansion of the the state’s school breakfast program to over 55,000 students in low income school districts across Illinois, he's always been willing to put in the time, energy, and effort to get important things done.

I won't lie to you. The work of undoing the damage to Illinois - and our country - is a momentous task. The person we Democrats nominate for Governor must embrace a tremendous responsibility and tackle it with fervor and integrity.

For me, I trust that JB and his tremendous running mate Juliana Stratton will be up to this challenge.

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