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Mike Quigley
Mike QuigleyDemocrat, ILCurrent Position:Congressmansince Jan 01, 2009
Michael "Mike" Quigley is the U.S. Representative for Illinois's 5th congressional district, beginning in the April 7, 2009 special election. The district includes most of Chicago's North Side, as well as several of the city's western suburbs.
Quigley is a former member of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, where he represented Chicago's Northside neighborhoods of Lakeview, Uptown and Rogers Park. He also teaches environmental policy and Chicago politics at Loyola University Chicago.

Quigley was raised in Carol Stream, Illinois. He then attended Roosevelt University where he earned his bachelor's degree. Quigley moved into the Lakeview area of Chicago in 1982 and became involved in community activities. He attended the Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where he earned a juris doctor, and the University of Chicago, where he earned a master's degree in public policy.

Quigley voted against Paul Ryan's budget plan (which involved budget cuts to Medicare as well as decreased government funding to help citizens procure health insurance). Also in April 2011, Quigley voted against repealing the "Prevention and Public Health" fund, a fund focused on Community and Clinical Prevention of chronic diseases, as well as allotting money towards healthcare infrastructure and research. Quigley also voted for increases in government spending on physical and occupational therapy.
Quigley sponsored an amendment to the Patriot Act prohibiting the sale of weapons to those on the FBI's Terrorist Watch List.

Quigley is a supporter of veterans' benefits and has worked to improve healthcare and education opportunities for them. In 2013 Quigley introduced a bill to the House to prevent Veterans from entering into debt to pay for tuition before GI benefits are received. He hopes to provide even greater educational opportunities to veterans with this bill.

Quigley supports abortion on demand, and voted against banning federal health coverage for abortions. Quigley also supports federal funding for family planning and education, as well as creating more preventative steps to avoid unwanted pregnancies altogether. He is a supporter of LGBT rights and showed his support in 2012 by participating in National Coming Out Day as a show of solidarity.

Mike Quigley, US House Representative from IL - Profile