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Candidate Bio: Mike Quigley - 5th District

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Mike Quigley is the U.S. Representative for Illinois's 5th congressional district, serving since 2009.

The 5th district spans much of the North Side of the city of Chicago from Lake Michigan into the western suburbs.

He is a member of the Democratic Party.

Quigley is running against Republican Dan Schmitt, to retain his seat in Congress.

On The Issues

Choice - Our first order of business is to prevent unintended pregnancies. By supporting organizations with family planning services, we can do just that –providing our youth with reliable facts and fostering strong lines of communication. However, Mike believes that a woman's right to choose is just that – her right – and has fought to protect it. Read more...

Defense - Keeping America safe is key. Recent history has shown us that threats to our nation's safety can come in many forms, and our defense policy must be tailored accordingly. In a September, 2010 speech to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Mike argued for reevaluating our global needs and building a military to match those needs. Read more...

Education - An investment in our children's education is an investment our country's future. Mike voted to help pass a bill infusing Illinois schools with $415 million, helping students and protecting teachers' jobs. Read more...

Environment and Energy - An innovative environmental and energy policy is necessary to combat the increasing carbon emissions that endanger our planet's environmental health. Mike has worked tirelessly to advocate for environmentally-conscious government. Read more...

Equality - Mike firmly believes in President Abraham Lincoln's vision, shared nearly 150 years ago – that our country is on an evolutionary path to full equality for all Americans and that the fight for human rights is an ongoing one. Read more...

Foreign Affairs - Mike is committed to providing the resources our soldiers need, and ensuring that our servicemen and women are not in harm's way one day more than necessary. Mike has taken trips to Iraq and Israel and Gaza reemphasizing his goals to establish sound Middle East policy. Read more...

Health Care - Mike believes that comprehensive health care reform is vital to the health of our citizens and future prosperity of our nation. President Obama and his Administration have made this initiative a top priority, one which Mike shares. Read more...

Immigration - As globalization shrinks our world, establishing a fair system to account for the movement of people across and within our borders becomes increasingly important. Mike supports comprehensive immigration reform that is right, just, and fair for all – working towards concrete and pragmatic solutions for environmentally-sensitive border security. Read more...

Justice - As a lawyer and a member of House Committee on the Judiciary, Mike's background gives him a unique perspective on judicial issues. Mike is committed to passing legislation that protects civil liberties, ensures equality for all people, and above all, upholds the Constitution. Read more...

Reform - Mike believes the best form of government is an open and honest government that serves its people and not a special interest. As U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis famously stated, "sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants." Read more...

Source: Quigley.House.gov

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