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Congressman Mike Quigley

Representing the 5th District of Illinois


Feb 5, 2016 Editorials
Over the last 15 years, more than 1.16 million illegal attempts to buy guns were flagged and stopped by the current federal background check system – usually because the person trying to buy the gun was a convicted felon.
Feb 2, 2016 Editorials
Last week, we saw a monstrous winter storm that brought most of the East Coast to a grinding halt. More than 80 million Americans were impacted and eleven states declared a state of emergency. While we know that weather and climate are not one in the same, the recent blizzard elucidates a trend that has been emerging for some time — climate change is rapidly altering the world around us, contributing to higher temperatures, changing seasonal patterns, and the loss of habitats and species.
Jan 22, 2016 Editorials
Today, the landmark Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade turns forty-three years old. For forty-three years, the Supreme Court has upheld their decision that a woman's constitutional right to privacy also protects her right to make personal health care decisions about abortion. And, for forty-three years, women have had the constitutional right to access abortion services without government interference. After the unprecedented attacks this past year on Planned Parenthood and reproductive health broadly, it is perhaps more important than ever to wish Roe a resounding happy birthday.
Jan 20, 2016 Editorials
The deadly attacks in Paris and San Bernardino have opened up a new front in our war against the Islamic State group, exposing vulnerabilities that Congress has a responsibility to respond to both at home and abroad. In these trying times, Congress needs to provide leadership and answer the question: What really keeps Americans safe?
Dec 28, 2015 Editorials
In any legislation as wide ranging as the recently passed $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill, there will always be a need for compromise. I chose to support the omnibus because it will provide much needed federal funding for my constituents in Illinois’ Fifth District, especially in the areas of transportation, public safety, and environmental protections. However, I am extremely disappointed in the so-called “pro-life protections” of the omnibus that some in Congress have touted, including slashing UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, by seven percent, or $2.5 million.
Dec 8, 2015 Editorials
Wednesday afternoon, Americans witnessed the aftermath of yet another mass shooting, this time in San Bernardino, California. It happened to be the second mass shooting of the day and the 355th of the year – equating to more mass shootings than days in the year.
Nov 9, 2015 Editorials
I often hear complaints that the public debate in this country has become increasingly partisan and polarized. The American public is no longer being informed by the like of Walter Cronkite and Edward R. Murrow.
Sep 22, 2015 Editorials
This week, His Holiness, Pope Francis, is making his inaugural trip to the United States and will deliver the first ever speech by a Pope to a Joint Session of Congress. It will be a historic visit, and I believe I speak for the majority of my colleagues when I say that we are truly honored that Pope Francis has accepted our invitation.
Sep 9, 2015 Editorials

The following article appeared in the Chicago Tribune on September 9, 2015. A link to the article can be found here.

By U.S. Reps. Mike Quigley, Tammy Duckworth, and Bill Foster

Sep 7, 2015 Editorials
This Labor Day it's important that we take the time to remember what today is all about -- a recognition of the achievements of the labor movement and a celebration of the strength and resiliency of the American worker.