Quigley faces pair of challengers for 5th Congressional
Lives: Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood
Family: Wife Barbara, daughters Alyson and Meghan
Education: Undergraduate work at Roosevelt University, master’s degree in public policy from the University of Chicago, law degree from the Loyola University School of Law
Family: Husband Frank Scott, sons Eli and Nathan Wade-Scott
Education: Bachelor’s in Speech and Communication from University of Minnesota, Master’s of Teaching Language Arts from Northeastern Illinois University
Updated: December 2, 2012 6:35AM
CHICAGO — Mike Quigley is up for re-election to represent Illinois’ 5th Congressional District.
“I plan to continue working together as a team in keeping our country safe,” Quigley said.
Quigley will face off against Republican challenger Dan Schmitt of Chicago and Nancy Wade of the Green Party in the November race for Congress.
Wade has been an activist since the 1970s and joined the Horner Park West Neighborhood Association in 1992, according to her campaign website. She became a volunteer organizer with the group MoveOn.org in 2008 and has organized the group First Amendment Freedom Chicago.
Among the issues Wade advocates for are fairness in taxation. She supports what is otherwise known as the Buffett Rule, which would set a minimum tax rate for high wage earners. Wade wants all political contributions over $1,000 to be publicly disclosed and suggests military spending be cut 25 percent over the next decade, using that money to work on job development.
“The military is the number one employer of our young people,” Wade said. “It’s the number one job creator in our country. That is a situation that is a dead end for our young people in particular.”
The country should forgive outstanding student debt and make higher education free for all who qualify, Wade said. That would spur economic growth.
Repeated attempts to reach Schmitt concerning the election were unsuccessful.
On his website, Schmitt said he believes both Quigley and President Barack Obama are out of touch with the electorate. Schmitt’s site describes him as a fiscal and constitutionally conservative candidate.
“I want to go to Washington to restore honor, balance the budget and free-up the American spirit,” Schmitt wrote. “We are a great people, we love and respect our neighbors, we have fed the world many times over and we will continue to set the standard for a good and prosperous life.”
Quigley was first elected to Congress on April 7, 2009. He is the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform, Financial Services and Bailouts committees, according to the Quigley for Congress website.
“I believe in the importance of a bipartisan effort to continue positive job growth,” Quigley said.
According to the website, Quigley helped with a $100 million grant for the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency project, which will support an estimated 1,087 jobs.
Quigley said he supports the Affordable Heath Care for America Act, and he has supported the 2009 American Clean Energy and Security Act.