Michael "Mike" Quigley (born October 17, 1958) is the U.S. Representative for Illinois's 5th congressional district, serving since the April 7, 2009 special election. He is a member of the Democratic Party. Quigley is a former member of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, where he represented Chicago's northside neighborhoods of Lakeview, Uptown and Rogers Park. He also teaches environmental policy and Chicago politics at Loyola University Chicago.
Early life, education and career
Mike Quigley was raised in Carol Stream, Illinois where he graduated from Glenbard North High School in 1977. He then attended Roosevelt University where he earned his bachelor's degree.
Quigley moved into the Lakeview area of Chicago in 1982 and became involved in community activities. He attended the Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where he earned a juris doctor, and the University of Chicago, where he earned a master's degree in public policy. Quigley married his wife Barbara and they now have two daughters, Alyson and Meghan.
Early political career
Quigley was first elected to the Cook County Board of Commissioners in 1998. During his tenure he has gained a reputation as a reformer as he opposed tax hikes supported by Cook County Board President John Stroger, and later his son and successor Todd Stroger. He contended the county could operate more efficiently and he presented reports to support the position.
Quigley also challenged the practice of finding jobs for Democratic officials with the Cook County Forest Preserve District.
U.S. House of Representatives
Quigley won the March 3, 2009 Democratic primary for Rahm Emanuel's seat in the special election to succeed him in Illinois's 5th congressional district. He was endorsed by the Chicago Sun-Times, which called him "a constant advocate for fiscal responsibility and a watchdog against waste and corruption". He was also endorsed by the Chicago Tribune, which cited Quigley's efforts to improve county government, noting "If Quigley's ideas had all been put in place, the county would not be crying now for more money".
Quigley went on to win the April 7 general election with nearly 70% of the vote, beating out Republican Rosanna Pulido and Green Party candidate Matt Reichel. By most accounts, the
5th was so heavily Democratic that Quigley had already guaranteed himself a seat in Congress in the primary.
Quigley won re-election in 2010.
November 1st, 2011