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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:


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Jan 25, 2012 Press Release
The House Committee on Agriculture passed a bipartisan bill by voice vote, introduced by U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley (IL-5) and Mike Conaway (TX-11) to improve the Commodity Future Trading Commission's (CFTC) existing cost-benefit analysis (CBA) of its regulations and orders.
Dec 1, 2011 Press Release
Bipartisan legislation authored by U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) to fight public corruption was approved by the House Judiciary Committee as part of the Clean Up Government Act (H.R. 2572).
Aug 11, 2011 Press Release
Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) submitted a detailed budget plan to the newly-appointed Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, commonly referred to as the "Super Committee", whose membership was finalized this morning
May 27, 2011 Press Release
"This is another example of unrestrained military spending that doesn't necessarily keep us safer. "
May 12, 2011 Press Release
Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) released a detailed deficit reduction report to aggressively rein in federal spending by targeting all parts of the budget including defense, the tax code, and health care.