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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.


Rep. Mike Quigley celebrates “Start-Up Day Across America” with Chicago-based companies Reverb and Curiosity.

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

More on Economy and Jobs

Aug 22, 2015 In the News
Rep. Quigley spoke with WXRT's Mary Dixon on his fall legislative agenda.
Aug 19, 2015 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) celebrated “Start-Up Day Across America” at UrbanBound, a Chicago-based relocation management software company, to discuss the importance of high-tech entrepreneurship and ways the government can support the industry.
Aug 5, 2015 In the News

The following article appeared in the DuPage County Journal on August 5, 2015. A link to the article can be found here.

Aug 3, 2015 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) joined Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker at a roundtable discussion hosted by the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce to hear how international trade impacts Chicago businesses – from increasing exports and the free flow of data across borders, to strengthening intellectual property rights and imposing restrictions on state owned enterprises.
Jul 21, 2015 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) joined Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Industry & Analysis Marcus Jadotte at a roundtable discussion hosted by Navistar International Corporation, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), and the Illinois Manufacturers' Association (IMA) to hear how trade and exports impacts manufacturers in Chicago.