U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Chicago), will retain his 5th District seat after a convincing win in Tuesday's General Election over Republican candidate Dan Schmitt and Green Party candidate Nancy Wade.
Quigley got about 70 percent of the vote Tuesday from residents in the 5th District, which include almost all of Elmhurst, and parts of Bensenville, Hinsdale, Western Springs, Oakbrook Terrace and other communities stretching all the way to the lakeshore. Quigley has represented the district since 2009.
He delivered a message to his "new consituents" in this Daily Herald article.
Quigley, who was uncontested in the March Primary election, was a Cook County commissioner before being elected to Congress. According to his website: "He began his career serving as an aide to former 44th Ward Alderman Bernie Hansen and became a champion for environmental protection, equal rights, and ethical, open government. As the Commissioner from Cook County’s 10th District, Quigley fought for transparency, accountability, and fiscal sanity, earning the reputation as an honest and effective leader on reform."
Quigley has been a leader in the fight for LGBT rights and has worked toward ethics reform. The Chicago Reader describes him as "the greenest elected official in Chicago." He is a life-long member of the Sierra Club and "brings a passion for environmental protection on a local, regional and global basis to all of his legislative efforts," according to his website.
Quigley "proudly voted" for Barack Obama's Affordable Health Care Act.
Read about his policies on other issues, including job creation, foreign policy, crime, immigration and transparency.
Quigley, 54, lives with his wife Barbara, and daughters Alyson and Meghan in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood.