Mike Quigley is a lifelong advocate for the environment. His 10-year record of service on the Cook County Board of Commissioners led the Chicago Reader to name him "arguably the greenest elected official in Chicago." He sponsored every piece of major environmental legislation adopted by Cook County during his tenure on the Commission. Highlights of his leadership include sponsoring bills to commit Cook County to join the Chicago Climate Exchange, to enact green building standards, and to make environmentally-friendly purchases ranging from office products to hybrid vehicles. Quigley's interest in the environment extends to regularly participating in local clean-up and restoration efforts as well as teaching courses on environmental policy at Loyal University Chicago. As a congressman, Quigley has pledged to work to aggressively combat climate change, promote green buildings, boost incentives for hybrids and all-electric vehicles, and restore water quality and biological diversity to the Great Lakes. He won a special election in April 2009, to fill the Chicago-area seat held by former Representative Rahm Emanuel, who left Congress with a 90% LCV lifetime score to become President Obama's chief of staff.
In his own words:
"The debate is over. Global warming is real and we must take immediate steps to undo the damage we have done to our planet. As a member of Congress I will immediately work to reduce greenhouse gases and reduce our reliance on foreign oil through alternative energy."
Source: Quigley's LCV candidate questionnaire.
Mike Quigley completed an earlier version of LCV's candidate questionnaire that differs slightly from the most up-to-date version in a few of the questions it asks candidates. Differences are noted below: