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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

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.
Jan 12, 2016 Press Release
"President Obama’s final State of the Union address was a strong call to action, not just in his final year as president, but in the years to come. He has challenged Congress and Americans around the nation to be an agent of positive change in their households, schools and communities. In a toxic political climate, President Obama called us to appeal to the better angels of our nature."
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.