Quigley Glides to Easy Win in the Fifth Congressional District

He promises in Daily Herald article to be accessible to his "new constituents."

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.

Jeff November 07, 2012 at 12:19 PM
Apparently every one is happy with current state of Illinois and thought it wise to continue tor re-elect the same people that have brought Illinois to the brink of insolvency. Congratulations Illinois! Sounds like we are in no danger of moving out of the #1 spot for worst state in the nation.
Ken November 07, 2012 at 01:52 PM
This is a JOKE! The Dems gerrymandered DuPage County in their favor and now I, an Elmhurst resident, have this party hack as my representative. If the Republicans were in power in Illinois and split the black and brown districts to weaken their power Holder and Obama would be down here with lawsuits seeking to reverse it. Time to leave Illinois and its bankrupt monetary and racial politics while I still have a dollar in my pocket.
The Czar November 07, 2012 at 02:56 PM
If he needs Google Earth merely to find Elmhurst, how's he going to represent us?
Russ November 07, 2012 at 04:18 PM
It is only a joke because you lost.Have you ever looked around the country and seen what the republican run states do with their political boundaries?Elections have consequences,get over it.
NancyC November 07, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Dave November 07, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Agreed. As soon as I can retire (if ever), I am out of this economic disaster area,
Cincinnatus November 07, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Question: When will we Elmhurst residents first sight our new Rep. Will he ever venture west of I-290? Mannheim Road? Western Avenue?
Dave November 07, 2012 at 10:57 PM
Russ, it's a little difficult for me to "get over" the fact that Illinois is dead last in terms of its economic climate and that the voters continue to elect the people who caused the problem and are exacerbating it. It bothers me that so many folks in Illinois are out of work but cannot seem to understand that they have the power to change things but instead continue to return this irresponsible and/or clueless Democrats to Springfield. No, I will not "get over it" -- and you shouldn't either, for the sake of future generations.
Russ November 08, 2012 at 05:23 AM
@dave, After seeing what republican dominated states did in our country since 2010, from appointing Czars to the take over local government in Michigan to voter suppression in Florida and Ohio. Attacks on women's rights, workers rights, gay rights, I just can't trust my state going republican. By the way, Bureau of Labor statistics has Illinois ranked 40th in employment .The Unemployment rate dropped from 10.1 in September of 2011 to 8.8 in September of 2012.CNBC reports Illinois being ranked 26th in top states for business.We aren't the best but we certainly aren't dead last and the economy is improving, slowly but it is improving.
The Czar November 08, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Russ......Illinois is the financial laughingstock of the country! Worst credit rating out of 50, 49th in debt per person (even though we just raised our income tax by 67%!), 44th in property taxes, first in corruption. The beat goes on..... Compare with Texas (big state, but controlled by Republicans) where the Dems complained of gerrymandering ~ low debt, no income tax, highest credit rating. BHO's administration just released the "State Budget Crisis Task Force" this month. Read what they have to say about Illinois; it might open your eyes to the reality of the situation ~ either that or just keep applauding the re-election of the Derrick Smiths of our state.
Janie November 08, 2012 at 05:25 PM
I made a conscious decision to live in DuPage County (versus Cook County). Now I have no choice but to be "represented" by someone in Cook. Very depressing indeed!
J. Geoff Rove November 10, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Try getting a square district map in Texas first from the Delay GOP hacks ! The majority of the population around here voted FOR Foster, Duckworth, and Schneider. Try opening another bottle of WHINE !
The Czar November 11, 2012 at 03:27 PM
If Illinois were in the same financial position as Texas, I would applaud the election of those candidates, as successful people/politicians should be rewarded. Unfortunately, Illinois is broke and corrupt while Texas is on sound financial footing, and relatively free of the type of corruption that is endemic in Illinois. The fact that your are gloating over the election success of the very people that bankrupted us in the first place is sad.
NancyC November 11, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Any person that thinks they are informed on local,state,national, or international events and policies,and use local or national main stream media as their sole source of that information are woefully misled. An informed and educated electorate is vital to the well being of this great country and right now that does not exist. In addition, voting one's self interest is not voting for the common good. Professor Alexander Tyler: "A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. ...will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship." (Okay, we are a republic, not a democracy, because our forefathers knew this too.) But we do have leaders handing out $ they don't have and even handing it to themselves in the form of raises! "The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith;From spiritual faith to great courage;From great courage to liberty;liberty to abundance;abundance to complacency;complacency to apathy;apathy to dependence;dependence back into bondage."


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