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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

Aug 4, 2016 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) participated in “Start-Up Day Across America” at Curiosity and Reverb.com, two Chicago-based tech companies, to discuss the importance of high-tech entrepreneurship and ways the government can support the industry.
Jul 28, 2016 Editorials
When I was sworn in to Congress in April of 2009, we were at the height of the worst economic recession since the Great Depression. Unemployment shot up to 10 percent, median household wealth plummeted by almost 40 percent and nearly five million homeowners lost their homes to foreclosure. Fortunately, we’ve come a long way since 2009.
Jun 29, 2016 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), a member of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC), went “undercover” at Chicago’s Goose Island Beer Company filling wine barrels with the ingredients for Gillian, a Belgian style farmhouse ale, and learning how Goose Island incorporates sustainable practices into their daily operations.
Jun 13, 2016 Editorials
Tourism has grown to be one of the United States’ most important industries, with one in nine U.S. jobs depending on it. Travel employment increased for the tenth month in a row this past April, according to an U.S. Travel Association estimate. And in 2015, domestic and international travelers spent $947 billion in the U.S. and directly supported more than 8.1 million U.S. jobs. Travel is also America’s largest service export, as well as one of our top job generating industries. So, it would stand to reason that Congress should be looking for ways to support this industry and increase international tourism.
Apr 28, 2016 Press Release
U.S. Reps. Mike Quigley, Elizabeth Esty, Jim Himes and Joe Courtney introduced the Technical Education Creates High-Paying Careers (TECH Careers) Act, a bill to expand innovative community college and technical programs so more Americans can break into high-demand fields with good-paying careers.

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