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Congressman Mike Quigley

Representing the 5th District of Illinois

Economy and Jobs

Our country has come a long way since 2008 when our nation experienced the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. Since that time, I’m proud to say our economy has significantly recovered. Thanks in large part to the policies implemented under the Obama Administration, unemployment has been cut in half, household wealth exceeds pre-crisis levels, and we’ve had the longest streak of private-sector job growth in our history. However, it’s indisputable that too many Americans still aren’t experiencing the benefits of our growing economy. In fact, between 2009 and 2012, 91 percent of income gains went to those in the top one percent. This means it’s harder for middle-class Americans to climb the ladder of success, and even harder for poor Americans to grab hold of the lowest rung. I believe that expanding our middle class requires us to adopt a combination of policies that tackle income inequality so all Americans have a fair shot in today’s economy and polices that accelerate economic growth so American workers and businesses can thrive in tomorrow’s economy.

In Congress, I’m an active member of the New Democrat Coalition, which is a pro-growth, fiscally-responsible, solutions-oriented coalition of members that seeks to bridge the partisan divide and enact new and innovative policies that will help build a 21st century American economy. I’ve been proud to introduce legislation, which is now law, that will give small businesses a greater voice in the regulatory process. I’ve also supported legislation to expand small business exports overseasraise the minimum wagecombat wage discrimination; and reward businesses that hire veterans. Furthermore, I have opposed efforts to undermine worker's rights and have addressed the importance of strengthening our unions.

While the Trump Administration has proposed devastating budget cuts to a number of federal agencies and programs that American families depend on, I have worked hard as a member of the House Appropriations Committee to promote policies that would provide Illinois families with new economic opportunities.


To celebrate Startup Day Across America, Rep. Quigley visited mHUB in Chicago to raise awareness about the benefits that startups can have for local economies.


Small businesses are vital to the Fifth District’s economy. To promote supporting small businesses and show what they contribute to the community, Rep. Quigley visited Unabridged Bookstore in Lakeview to celebrate National Small Business Week.


Rep. Mike Quigley hosted a roundtable with ACG Global and prominent Chicago women in finance for a roundtable discussion to better understand the barriers women face in their ascent to leadership positions in the financial sector.

Rep. Quigley's bill to expand small business’ voice at the SEC was signed into law by President Obama.

More on Economy and Jobs

Nov 9, 2018 E-Newsletters
This week, the American people made it very clear that they want a House of Representatives committed to American values and government accountability.
Oct 26, 2018 Press Release
Rep Mike Quigley joined fellow Illinois Democrats in issuing a new report detailing the negative impacts the new GOP tax laws will have homeowners in the Chicagoland area.
Oct 26, 2018 In the News
"When Illinois homeowners pay more in taxes, they can thank congressional Republicans," said Rep. Robin Kelly of Matteson. "What they are doing to Illinois homeowners is bad policy and makes zero economic sense." Similar statements came from Chicago representatives Mike Quigley, Danny Davis, Luis Gutierrez and Bobby Rush, and Schaumburg's Raja Krishnamoorthi.
Oct 16, 2018 Press Release
Rep. Quigley joined members of the bipartisan Great Lakes Task Force in sending a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers requesting support for projects that are of critical importance to the environment and economy of our districts and the entire Great Lakes region.
Oct 15, 2018 In the News
Foster’s letter was signed by Illinois Democratic U.S. Reps. Bobby Bush, Robin Kelly, Luis Gutierrez, Mike Quigley, Danny Davis, Raja Krishnamoorthi, Jan Schakowsky, Bradley Schneider and Cheri Bustos.

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