From the Lakeview neighborhood on Chicago’s north side to Bensenville in DuPage County, Illinois’s Fifth District is home to some of the region’s finest communities, businesses, and attractions – including the historic home of the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. I am honored to call it my home and proud to represent the people who make it so unique.
Since my election to Congress in 2009, I have worked hard to make myself available to my constituents so I can better address their needs. As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, one of my most important jobs in Congress is to drive federal funding back home to improve things like our region’s transportation infrastructure. I have worked hard to not only provide additional resources to support the region’s economic development, but also to make my office a critical resource for my constituents. I believe in making the office available and accessible to everybody by hosting Visiting Office Hours and Congress on Your Corner events in neighborhoods across the district. Additionally, through my “Undercover Congressman” series, I have had the opportunity to join constituents where they work in an effort to better understand the various industries and jobs that contribute to the district’s economy. Serving as an Undercover Congressman, I’ve been privileged to try my hand at a wide variety of vocations including zookeeper, firefighter, pinball machine mechanic, baker, farmer and many more.
I am honored that the people of Illinois’ Fifth District have chosen me to represent them in Congress. I promise to work hard every day to make our district, city and state a better place for you and your family.
Rep. Quigley visited the 1871+IHCC Technology Incubator to learn how Latinx-founded businesses are spurring Chicago innovation and strengthening the local economy.
Rep. Mike Quigley went undercover at the Greater Chicago Food Depository to learn more about work to end hunger in the city of Chicago.
Rep. Quigley regularly meets with local constituent groups to learn about how policies directly impact their lives. During President Trump’s reckless attacks on the Affordable Care Act, Rep. Quigley met with Chicagoans who have benefited from quality, affordable health care.
Rep. Quigley delivered homemade Valentine cards from local Chicago elementary school students to vets at Jesse Brown VA Hospital.
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America is experiencing a moment of national anguish, as we grieve for those killed by police brutality and racial injustice. George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery should all still be alive today. Black Americans have spent decades demanding change and despite this, we continue to see unarmed African Americans killed time and time again. Going for a jog, a walk, a drive, going bird watching, or simply being in your own home should not be a death sentence for black Americans.
The past few weeks have shown that civic engagement is more important than ever. A small but meaningful action that you can take right now is completing the 2020 Census yourself or encouraging others to do so if you already have. The 2020 Census became available for response in March at my2020census.gov but as of today, only 53.7% of the Chicago area has responded so far.
My staff is continuing to fulfill their official responsibilities throughout this time. If you need help with a federal agency, you can click here to open a case with my staff.
I believe that this outbreak calls for thorough, robust, and bipartisan action. I’m proud of Congress for mobilizing quickly and passing a smart, bipartisan bill that provided $8.3 billion in emergency funding for prevention, preparedness, and response efforts. The House passed an additional bill to implement paid sick leave and emergency unemployment benefits, provide free coronavirus testing, and expand food security programs.
I want to reassure you that addressing the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is the top priority in Congress. As part of the response, my office and I have been in frequent contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Chicago Department of Public Health, and other relevant agencies. I am also coordinating closely with local health care professionals and Chicago-area hospitals.