At every level of government, Mike Quigley has been a strong advocate for rethinking and reinventing government to create the conditions for a healthy and growing economy. As a Cook County Commissioner, he authored eight reports on ways to streamline the operations of the County and eliminate the need for job-killing taxes on hotels, restaurants and other small businesses.
In Congress he has continued the fight to reinvent government, and has been an outspoken advocate for constructive infrastructure spending. He points out that in 2009, only 4 percent of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act focused on infrastructure spending, but that 4 percent produced over a quarter of the resulting jobs. He believes the time is now to reinvest in our nation's crumbling infrastructure and create good paying jobs.
Mike helped bring over $1.6 billion dollars to Illinois to help develop Chicago as a regional High Speed Rail Hub, $1.5 million to build the Chicago Transit Authority's planned Circle Line, and $8 million for Metra commuter rail extensions. He also helped secure a $100 million TIGER grant for the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency (CREATE) project, a comprehensive vision for the future transportation and development needs of the Chicago region which will support an estimated 1,087 jobs.
Mike meets regularly with small business owners in the Fifth District, working hard to eliminate red tape and financial barriers to increased hiring, and seeking new and creative ways to increase opportunity. One of these is increasing the importance of O'Hare Airport as a transportation hub with the proposed addition of a perishables processing center. Mike is also an advocate for construction of a western access road to the airport.
Mike's staff works hard to help Fifth District residents enter the workforce and gain the skills to advance their careers. Mike recently hosted a Job Fair, which featured representatives from regional employers providing advice and training on resumes, interviewing skills and training opportunities. Mike's staff also assists in helping local organizations find job-creating grant opportunities, and helps individuals navigate the challenges of securing a higher education.