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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:

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More on Reinventing Government

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.
Mar 16, 2016 Press Release
Rep. Quigley released the following statement in response to President Obama nominating Merrick Garland, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, to fill Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat on the U.S. Supreme Court:
Feb 16, 2016 In the News
And we’re back on Politics Tonight, always good to check in with the Congressmen who are trying to do their job in Washington, D.C. Returning to our show as he frequently does, Illinois Congressman Mike Quigley of Illinois’ 5th district. Thanks for coming back, I appreciate it.
Feb 11, 2016 In the News
Yesterday Congressman Mike Quigley, Democrat of Chicago, along with our Senior Senator Dick Durbin and Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth and Congresswoman Robin Kelly flew with the President on Air Force One from Washington to Springfield to listen to the President to talk about the polarization of American politics in 2016, bipartisanship, maybe some reconciliation.
Feb 9, 2016 In the News
WASHINGTON — When President Barack Obama speaks to Illinois lawmakers on Wednesday, he will call for an end to gerrymandering and for working across party lines — though the GOP members who represent Springfield in Congress were not invited to ride with him on Air Force One while other House Democrats were.

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