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Mike Quigley

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Mike Quigley is a Cook County Commissioner and a candidate for Congress in Illinois's 5th congressional district Special Election on March 3, 2009. 


Quigley is endorsed by the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, and Forrest Claypool.


Quigley is the only candidate in the race who attended the Democratic convention in Denver as a delegate for Barack Obama.


When Bank of America tried to stiff workers at Republic Windows & Doors out of their last paychecks, Mike Quigley took action and delivered change.  On December 7, 2008, only two days after the workers began their sit-in, Quigley introduced an ordinance to block the state’s biggest county from doing business with Bank of America unless the institution agreed to cover the pay and benefits owed to the laid-off employees.  In Cook County, that would mean closing a $368 million bank account and canceling any pending or future bond work.  “I’m usually cautious, but this is an extraordinary example at an extraordinary time,” Quigley said in an interview.  Bank of America "received an extraordinary bailout and the first thing they do in Chicago is turn their backs on worker,” Quigley added. “OK, we’ll turn our backs on them.”  Jerry Morrison of the SEIU declared that "Commissioner Quigley deserves a big shout-out for the position he took on the Republic Window crisis."


Quigley is the frontrunner in the race according to the two polls released to date.  In the first poll released on January 19, 2009, Quigley held leads over all other announced Democratic candidates, as well as those who had expressed interest in the seat.  Quigley held an almost 2 to 1 margin over the next closest candidate, state Rep. Sara Feigenholtz when voters were asked to choose from a field seven candidates.  Quigley received 19 percent to Feigenholtz’s 11 percent; state Rep. John Fritchey was third, with 8 percent. Quigley also enjoyed higher name recognition and favorability than any of the candidates who had then filed for the special election. 


A second poll released by candidate Paul Bryar confirmed the findings of the initial poll.  Bryar's poll showed Quigley with the lead in the race, trailed by state Rep. Sara Feigenholtz.  After voters were read messages about the candidates, Quigley’s level of support increased to a full 20 percent in the crowded field.  Quigley also had the highest name recognition of any candidate Itraconazole


Following the second poll, Quigley issued a statement saying, "At its heart, this campaign is a referendum on reform — and on which candidate is best equipped and most committed to delivering real change in Washington.  I am pleased that the people of this district identify me as the person ready, willing and able to do just that.”



On the issues




When he announced his candidacy, Mike Quigley said:


If the past year has shown us anything it's that we need to elect people who don't just say the word "change," but can actually deliver it. 

That's why I'm running for Congress.

Throughout my career I've stood up for what I think is right. I've fought to make our government more accountable and more efficient. I've fought for lower taxes and for common sense fiscal policies. I've made the environment one of my top priorities. And I've worked to promote equal rights for every citizen regardless of their race or gender or background.

With President Obama at the lead, I believe we're on the verge of restoring America's greatness. I want to help him make it happen.

Throughout his career Mike Quigley has fought to make government more accountable and efficient. He's pushed for lower taxes and common sense fiscal policies. He's made the environment a top priority. And he's promoted equal rights for all.


Quigley supports an immediate Economic Stimulus bill to create jobs now and to invest in infrastructure to serve our energy, transportation and communications needs for decades to come. He will push for transparency so that the American people can see exactly how their money is being spent and to whom it has been given. 


Quigley believes that Congress must provide a tax cut for working families who are struggling right now. He will work to increase unemployment benefits and extend food stamp and COBRA benefits. 


As Commissioner, Quigley never voted for a tax hike, and he will fight to cut your taxes in Congress. He made waves in 2000 when he was the only Democrat to vote against an increase in the County’s parking tax. Quigley helped to prevent a proposed lease tax in 2002 and sales tax increase in 2004 and was one of the loudest voices opposing the 1 percent sales tax increase enacted by the County Board and Stroger administration in 2008. Like he's done Farewell speech for Cook County, Quigley will fight to make sure that government contracts are competitive and will oppose wasteful, pork barrel spending. 


Quigley will work with President Obama to help ignite the Green Job revolution in this country. He supports tax lawyers burnaby credits for hybrid and electric cars and will fight to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.


Quigley proudly supports workers' right to organize and will immediately cosponsor the Employee Free Choice Act. 


Quigley supports civil rights and equal treatment of all Americans and is staunchly pro-choice. 


For more information on Quigley's record and positions, see:














Since 1988, Mike Quigley has served as Cook County Commissioner for the 10th District (Edgewater, Forest Glen, Lincoln Park, Lincoln Square, Lake View, Near North Side, North Park, Rogers Park, Uptown, and West Ridge).  As Commissioner, Mike Quigley has earned a reputation as a reform-minded, fiscally responsible, independent Democrat who is a powerful voice for change.


Quigley battled wasteful spending and no-bid contracts. He issued eight reports detailing how to reinvent and green Cook County government. He voted against sales and parking tax increases and fought to make property taxes simpler, fairer and more transparent. In fact, his spending cuts, if enacted, could have saved taxpayers more than Stroger's record sales tax hikes had cost. Quigley also wrote the legislation to establish the office of the Inspector General for the county board.  


Quigley is a committed environmentalist. He sponsored all of Cook County's major environmental laws in the past decade and press to make sustainability a top priority.  He has participated in clean-up and restoration projects in the Forest Preserves.   


Quigley supports equal rights for all. He fought for domestic partner benefits for County and Forest Preserve employees and the County's Domestic Partnership Registry.  


Quigley supports women's rights. He pushed to increase access to abortion services, build a new Domestic Violence Courthouse that is safe for women and their children, and to increase funding to provide rape victims with specialized medical care and continuing assistance.  


Quigley successfully took on the tobacco industry to pass the county smoking ban and fought developers who are pocketing billions from the misuse of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) districts. 


Since 2002, Quigley has taught at Loyola University Chicago.  As Adjunct Professor, Quigley teaches courses on environmental policy, local government, and politics. His environmental policy course looks at the history of environmentalism, examines laws dealing with environmental concerns, and discusses the environmental issues and controversies that governments are addressing. He spoke on the Keynote Panel at Loyola's 2008 symposium on Moral Leadership.  


Since 1990, Quigley has practiced law at the Law Offices of Michael B. Quigley.  


In 1981, Quigley received a B.A. in Political Science at Roosevelt University. In 1985, he earned Masters in Public Policy at the University of Chicago.  He received his law degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 1989.    


Mike lives with his wife Barbara and daughters Alyson and Meghan in Lake View where he has lived since 1982. In his free time he roots for the Cubs and enjoys playing ice hockey.  Mike's favorite restaurant is Wrigley Field: "Wrigley may have the worst food in baseball, but being there at a game with a beer and a hot dog — that's the best."  In keeping with his independent streak, his favorite Beatle isn't Lennon or McCartney, but George Harrison.


Honors and Awards 


  • Chicago House 2008 Public Service Award. 
  • Respiratory Health Association Legislator Award. 
  • Lakeview Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Public Servant.
  • Chicago Battered Women's Network Community Advocate Award.
  • Independent Voters of Illinois - Independent Precinct Organization Leon Despres Award.
  • Audubon Leadership Award.
  • Human Rights Campaign Equality Award.
  • Les/Bi/Gay Radio Rainbow Award.
  • Illinois Committee for Honest Government Distinguished Service Award.
  • Chicago Recycling Coalition Award.
  • Human Rights Award from the Evangelical Catholic Church 


Endorsed by the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, and Forrest Claypool



Chicago Tribune: Democrats' Best: Quigley


On February 18, the Chicago Tribune endorsed Quigley for Congress:


Democratic voters will have no trouble finding a reliable Democrat—there are several who fit comfortably in the party.


We believe they will find one who believes in the party's principles and has an outstanding record of independent, reform-minded performance in office. That is Cook County Commissioner Mike Quigley, who is endorsed today in the Democratic primary.


Quigley has been a forceful, persistent critic of Cook County Board President Todd Stroger. Even better, Quigley has done exhaustive work on how county government could provide better health care and other services to people in far more efficient and cost-effective ways.


His reports on how to improve county government are without parallel in Illinois politics. They're not goo-goo yammer. They're tightly researched and spot-on accurate in their assertions about best practices and likely savings. He produces facts, facts, facts. If Quigley's ideas had all been put in place, the county would not be crying now for more money.


He led the fight against Stroger's 1 percent sales-tax increase. He led the efforts in recent weeks that forced Stroger to drastically scale back his plans for massive borrowing to fund his bloated government.


Quigley has passed real, effective measures to force more open and accountable government in Cook County. He will take that same laserlike focus on effective, efficient and compassionate government to Washington.


There is more to him than his work on government reform. Quigley has an outstanding record on human rights, health care and the environment. (The Reader said he's "arguably the greenest elected official in Chicago.") He has sound ideas on reviving the U.S. economy, on national health care, on how to put people back to work....


Democratic voters have to sort through a crowded field. If they're looking for an honest, effective and reform-minded leader, they won't go wrong with Mike Quigley.



Chicago Tribune: Why We're For Quigley


On March 1, the Chicago Tribune re-affirmed its endorsement of Quigley for Congress:


There are a lot of Democrats running in the 5th Congressional District and a lot of them have been throwing mud in the last few weeks. Democratic voters might be growing weary, and even a bit confused.


Let's bring it down to this. If you're a Democrat and you want a candidate with solid Democratic values, you can almost throw a dart at the ballot. Almost all of them qualify.


If you're a Democrat and you want a candidate who fights every day against the corruption and ineptitude that plagues state and local government, you have one candidate: Cook County Commissioner Mike Quigley.


He has sought to protect taxpayers and to provide better health care and other services in Cook County. He has been a leader on the environment and human rights.

We watched Quigley at a news conference on Friday, fending off a negative ad blitz from Rep. Sara Feigenholtz, one of his opponents, who has questioned his reform credentials. Quigley has thrown some barbs her way too. We're not going to dissect all these attacks.

We'll just pick up a quote from Cook County Commissioner Forrest Claypool, who has also been stalwart in his efforts to clean up county government.

"For 10 years Mike Quigley has stood up to the Stroger political machine," Claypool said at the Friday presser. "He was first on the beach. He led the way ... to suggest otherwise is patently absurd."



Chicago Sun-Times: Quigley Right Choice for 5th District seat


On February 14, 2009, the Chicago Sun-Times endorsed Quigley for Congress: 


...The Chicago Sun-Times endorses Cook County Commissioner Mike Quigley for the Democratic primary on March 3, which in this heavily Democratic district is effectively the election....


Quigley, 50, is that rare candidate who promises reform -- and delivers.


He's the real deal.


He has proved himself at the County Board and deserves a shot at proving himself in Congress.


When Quigley joined the Cook County Board in 1998, it was a velvet coffin for many politicians.


Quigley shook the stiffs up.


He has been a constant advocate for fiscal responsibility and a watchdog against waste and corruption.


Just last week, Quigley was among the leaders who fought successfully against a disastrous plan by Cook County Board President Todd Stroger to borrow hundreds of millions of dollars -- some of it, stunningly, meant for day-to-day government operations.


Stroger wanted to further burden taxpayers, but Quigley nixed his plans.


While Quigley is well-known for being a pit bull on finances, he has received less notice for his long-term devotion to the environment.


Among the greener politicians in the city, Quigley has championed the Cook County Forest Preserve District, gotten more money for environmental programs and persuaded county government to buy green.


Issues aside, what's perhaps most refreshing about Quigley is, oddly, his lack of political charm.


He doesn't exactly light up a room. Or even smile much. He is what he is, a scrappy policy wonk who actually cares about Boxing Gloves the stuff he fights for. Not a guy who has glommed on to these issues because they're polling well.


What's more, he is independent of Mayor Daley. The mayor, in fact, is not exactly a fan.


Some view that as a problem, but we say in a city where our mayor so often gets exactly what he wants, when he wants, with so little debate, a dissenting voice in the usual chorus of praise would be a good thing.


And with the city possibly winning a bid for the mayor's pet project, the Olympics, we need a Mike Quigley to keep an eye on the spending details.


Quigley's a fighter, but he's also a pragmatist who has found a way to work with many colleagues, even those with whom he has clashed, and we suspect that in Congress he'll be no different.


Back in November, voters elected Barack Obama as part of a wave of change.


Quigley is, in his own way, part of the same wave.


A true instrument for change.


Send him to Congress. 



Forrest Claypool Endorses Mike Quigley



Cook County Commissioner Forrest Claypool has endorsed Mike Quigley for Congress.  Claypool is the highest-ranking elected official to make an endorsement in the race.  Claypool and Quigley have worked closely on the Cook County board to fight board president Todd Stroger’s budgets and record tax hikes. 


When he announced his endorsement, Claypool said:


No one has fought the old, failed politics of Todd Stroger longer or more effectively than Mike Quigley.  Mike is just the kind of ally President Obama needs in Congress to change America.


Quigley welcomed Claypool’s support, saying that “there is no leader in Cook County whose endorsement sends a stronger signal about my commitment to reform. Forrest and I have worked side by side to end ‘politics as usual’ here in Cook County.  He knows better than anyone what it takes to fight the status quo and stand up to the special interests here in Cook County, and I am pleased to know that he believes that I will do the same in Washington."



What the papers say:


In 2002, the Chicago Sun-Times applauded Quigley as "a powerful independent voice on the board." 

In 2002, the Chicago Tribune reported that Quigley is "always investigating new approaches, … looking for ways to improve county government, and … isn't afraid to speak up when he thinks something is wrong." 

In 2003, Steve Neal, the late political columnist for the Sun-Times, called Quigley "an outspoken advocate for change and one of the brightest people on the political scene." 

In 2006, the Chicago Reader declared that Mike is "arguably the greenest elected official in Chicago." 

On November 16, 2008, Mark Brown of the Chicago Sun-Times reported that "Quigley is the one who really jumps out of the pack to me as somebody who has advanced good ideas, maintained his independence and battled for his beliefs...."


On January 7, 2009, ABC-7 Chicago noted that "Cook County Commissioner Mike Quigley ... has been battling the Stroger machine for nearly a decade." 


On January 19, 2009, Crain's Chicago Business stated that "[i]f the first poll of the season is accurate, the solid if early front-runner is Mr. Quigley, whose battles with county President Todd Stroger over raising taxes and slashing waste have earned him pages of good publicity."   


On February 7, 2009, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that Quigley was the "Voice of Independents." 


...Unusual among elected officials in Cook County, Quigley has spoken out against some of the sacred cows of Mayor Daley and County Board Presidents John and Todd Stroger, including "blighted" special-tax districts for a booming downtown that divert tax money from schools and the common practice of finding jobs for Democratic officials with the Cook County Forest Preserve District.


Quigley has spoken out about things that commissioners before him rarely spoke out about. Other independents, including Forrest Claypool, were elected to join Quigley on the Cook County Board, and together they cobbled together an unprecedented majority of votes to block John Stroger's proposed tax increases and force other changes.


For years, Quigley was the strongest voice on the Cook County Board for gay rights, abortion rights, environmentalism and protecting the forest preserves.


"Mike has displayed the courage and independence that few politicians are capable of," Claypool said. "He had the guts to take on the Machine and business as usual 10 years ago when he got to the County Board -- that's the kind of leadership voters should want in their elected representative in Washington." 


On February 12, 2009, the Daily Herald noted that Claypool and Quigley had successfully led the anti-borrowing revolt against Stroger to pass a county budget that does not raise taxes or put taxpayers further in debt.  


On February 28, 2009, Carol Marin, writing in the Chicago Sun-Times, stated:


... [M]ake no mistake: Quigley is a reformer....

...Quigley has been the real deal.



What the bloggers say:


On February 9, 2009, Lynn Sweet, Washington Bureau Chief for the Chicago Sun-Times, posted the following article on her blog



Congressional candidate- the "greenest elected official" in Chicago- launches new website, www.moretransit.com.


CHICAGO -- Cook County Commissioner Mike Quigley, who has been called Chicago's "greenest elected official" based on his leadership in passing every significant piece of environmental legislation on the Cook County board over the past decade, is calling on President Obama and members of Congress to increase funding for mass transit in the pending Economic Stimulus package.


In an innovative approach to mobilize support for the effort, he has also launched a new site on the Internet where mass transit riders around the nation can make their voices heard. 


In what he is calling a "mass effort to save mass transit," Quigley is inviting people who rely on public transportation to visit www.moretransit.com. By visiting the new site, people can sign an on-line petition urging Congress to push for more transit support in the final version of the Economic Stimulus package.


Quigley is also sending a letter to President Obama asking for his support for the effort to increase transit funding above the level called for in the Senate's version of the bill.


In a video message posted today on the web, Quigley stressed that support for mass transit is a "sure-fire way to stimulate our economy and put people back to work."


He compared the current economic downturn to the "slow zones" that are familiar to riders of the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and transit systems around the nation where public transit infrastructure needs support.

"The U.S. economy is stuck in a 'slow zone'," he said, "and the way to speed up our economy and create jobs is to increase support for public transportation, here in Illinois and around the nation." 


Quigley added that, aside from the immediate economic benefits, enhanced support for mass transit would help reduce America's dependence on foreign oil and protect the environment. His entire video message can be viewed at www.moretransit.com....


Quigley, who has authored every piece of major environmental legislation in CookCounty over the past decade, has been called Chicago's "greenest elected official" by the Chicago Reader. He has emerged as the frontrunner in the race to replace former Rep. Rahm Emanuel, who resigned the seat to become President Obama's Chief of Staff. In the only polls released to date, Quigley leads all other candidates in the race.


Alan Cottrell (a/k/a bored now) posted a video interview of Mike Quigley on www.PrairieStateBlue.com. 



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Comments (3)

Rob said

at 2:31 am on Feb 26, 2009

Isn't Quigley Bernie Hansens boy? The same alderman that would let them build anything for enough grease sent to his Tuscon Ranch?

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