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Congressman Mike Quigley

Representing the 5th District of Illinois

Reinventing Government

Congressman Quigley has long believed government must be consolidated, streamlined, and made more applicable for the 21st century. The mission of government matters, and in order to create the most efficient system possible, we must ask ourselves how we would design government if we were to start over from scratch today: what services would government provide? How would they be provided? Who would provide them?

“Reinventing Government: The Federal Budget” is a two-part report outlining steps to reform the federal budget.  Part I focuses on improved budgeting and long-term sustainability. It includes 15 recommendations for a more complete and accurate budget to create a clear picture of our fiscal situation.  Part II makes 60 recommendations to save $2 trillion over the next 10 years.

“Reinventing Government: The Federal Budget” is available here:

During his 10 years as a Cook County Commissioner, Rep. Quigley wrote a series of groundbreaking reports laying out detailed plans for the "reinventing" of Cook County government, most famously arguing for more transparency and accountability in Tax Increment Financing (TIFs).  Quigley continued his mission to reinvent government in Washington, publishing "Reinventing Government: The Federal Budget" Parts I and II.

Full PDFs of Rep. Quigley’s Cook County reports (2001-2008) are available here:

More on Reinventing Government

Mar 29, 2017 In the News
A group of House Democrats is calling for a funding increase for the IRS, after President Trump's budget proposed a slight funding reduction for the agency.
Mar 22, 2016 Speeches
Rep. Quigley urged his colleagues on the House floor to end the partisan quarreling that inhibits Congress and take the high road of compromise and bipartisanship in order to effectively govern our nation.
Sep 30, 2015 Speeches
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley urged his colleagues on the House floor to see the looming government shutdown as a wake-up call to stop “barely governing” and start working towards long-term “responsible governing.”
Aug 31, 2015 Speeches
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) spoke to the City Club of Chicago on the need for Congress to come together and work in a bipartisan nature to pass legislation that the majority of Americans support.
Jan 14, 2014 Speeches
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) pushes Congress to first pass a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants before considering other piecemeal immigration reform measures.