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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

Oct 30, 2017 Press Release
Rep. Quigley led a discussion before more than 100 Illinois leaders at a forum hosted by the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition.
Oct 25, 2017 Press Release
Rep. Quigley delivered 57,828 petitions to the Department of Interior urging National Parks superintendents to resist the Trump Administration's anti-environment agenda by making their parks bottled-water-free.
Oct 24, 2017 Press Release
Representative Mike Quigley, who serves as Vice Chair of the Sustainable Energy & Environments Coalition (SEEC), released the below statement following the release of a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on the mounting costs of climate change.
Oct 10, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), who serves as Vice Chair of the Sustainable Energy & Environment Coalition (SEEC), released the following statement after EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced the Trump Administration’s intention to repeal the Clean Power Plan (CPP), a decision that further hinders America’s ability to reduce harmful air pollution and climate changing greenhouse gas emissions and puts the U.S. at odds with nearly every other nation on the planet.

Oct 4, 2017 Editorials

The following article was published by RealClearScience on October 4, 2017. A link to the article can be found here.

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