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Congressman Mike Quigley

Representing the 5th District of Illinois


Jul 5, 2016 Editorials
People are familiar with Ozone Action Days — times when ozone levels are high and people should be cautious. They should also make themselves familiar with Overflow Action Days. Overflow Action Days are days when the Chicago area has been hit with so much rain that people really should conserve water at home until the local sewer system has a chance to catch up with all the extra water. Overflow Action Days are important because if people don’t conserve water at home, our sewers back up and untreated sewage is released into Chicago area waterways, including the Chicago River and Lake Michigan.
Jun 23, 2016 Editorials
Democrats from Illinois spoke out Wednesday during a rare, raucous sit-in on the House floor, demanding votes on gun control. They threw decorum out the window and, with C-SPAN's camera shut off, spread the word with tweets, snapshots and video.
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.
May 18, 2016 Editorials
For generations, this country’s transportation infrastructure served as the backbone of our economic success. We dreamed big, we built bigger, and our economy flourished. But today, our crumbling infrastructure is slowing economic growth, and without serious long-term investments, we simply will not be able to compete in today’s global economy.
Apr 14, 2016 Editorials
In today's world, the threats we face are constantly changing, and the government's ability to keep America safe relies on its capacity to adapt quickly to these new and evolving threats.
Apr 12, 2016 Editorials
Today we recognize Equal Pay Day, a day that symbolically represents when a woman’s wage finally catches up to what a man was paid in the previous year. Despite often being equally qualified, a man’s pay outpaces a woman’s by 79 cents for every dollar.
Apr 12, 2016 Editorials
U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley is nobody's fear-mongering right-winger. He's a liberal Democrat — smart, practical, prudent — whose district roams from Chicago's North Side west into DuPage County. Many of his fellow congressional Democrats don't like to talk much at all about terror threats; they think doing so is bad for the Obama administration's image. They leave the terror talk to Republicans.
Mar 22, 2016 Editorials
“I look with increasing horror, along with a growing number of other Americans, at the great and bitter division that is taking place in our politics, and the cynicism that is the end result of power for power’s sake. We are losing sight of civility in government and politics. Debate and dialogue is taking a back seat to the politics of destruction and anger and control. Dogma has replaced thoughtful discussion between people of differing views.”
Mar 22, 2016 Editorials
In America, most of us are lucky enough to take our clean drinking water for granted. We think of contaminated drinking water as a problem that happens to other people in remote parts of the world. However, the recent crisis in Flint, Michigan, has forced us to recognize that these problems can also crop up close to home. As we celebrate World Water Day today, let's consider the threat our aging water infrastructure poses to our clean drinking water right here at home, and what we can do about it.
Mar 1, 2016 Editorials
We were pleased, but not surprised, to learn this week that the Illinois Supreme Court declared its four-year pilot program allowing media cameras into courtrooms around the state a success. As national leaders on this issue, we have been pushing the U.S. Supreme Court to allow video and live-audio, improving transparency and justice for all.