Friday, December 21, 2012
Patch contacted 10 newly elected representatives to find out what they plan to do to help curb gun violence in our country in the wake of last week's mass killing in Newtown, CT. Those who actually wanted to discuss the issue say it's time for a change.
When members of the 113th Congress take their seats in January, one of the top items on their agenda very well could be a new look at federal gun control laws. In the wake of the Newtown, CT, tragedy of one week ago today, President Obama on Wednesday set a January deadline for his administration to "create concrete proposals" to curb gun violence in the United States. Obama also called on Congress to reinstate an assault weapons ban that expired in 2004 to "pursue the possibility of limiting high-capacity ammunition clips" and to "close a gun show loophole that allows people to purchase firearms from private dealers without a background check." What will come of this renewed debate is yet to be seen, but what is certain is that …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Whips assist Democratic leaders in gaining support for policy positions.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley (5th District) was elected regional whip by members of the Democratic Caucus. He will be the only member of the Illinois delegation to serve in this role when the 113th Congress begins in January. “It is an honor to have the confidence and support of my colleagues as I take on new leadership responsibilities as regional whip,” Quigley said. “As Congress works to solve the complex issues ahead, I am proud to be in a position to work closer with Democratic leaders and the members of our Midwest region.” Quigley will be one of two whips for Region 4, which includes the 15 Democratic members in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Oklahoma and Kansas. Rep. André Carson (IN-7th) will also serve in the role for Region 4. The …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
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 …