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In my previous diary, I wrote that fighting for reform hasn’t always been easy.

I’ve spent a career in Cook County government on the opposite side of the Chicago political machine on virtually every issue. That itself can make one’s career tough.

But the truth is that I enjoy finding ways to improve government. Call me naive, but my view is that government should play an important role in improving the lives of citizens. I believe that government can and should do more.

I am running for Congress in IL-05 to replace Rahm Emanuel because we desperately need reform and because it’s too important right now in our country’s history to not have our best and brightest fixing our problems.

I have written nine reports over the past eight years outlining detailed, specific solutions for Cook County's nearly $3 billion budget.

From the first report on Fiscal Strategies for the County to the latest report on reinventing Tax Increment Financing, these reports provide ways to make government leaner, greener, and more efficient.

That’s the same kind of energy I want to take to Washington, D.C.

When folks take a look at the candidates in this race, I think one of the more important questions that must be asked is not only what will you do, but what have you done to prove to us that you are capable of achieving real change.

Yes, I understand that reforming county government is different than reforming the federal government, but I believe that the same spirit of reform is needed in Washington and the same determination and energy is required.

This is plain to see. When Congress authorizes $350 billion in financial industry bailouts, abdicates its oversight responsibility, and is being asked to authorize $350 billion more, we know the time for reform and accountability is now.  With somewhere around $700 billion dollars in additional stimulus measures proposed, we need leaders to watch over our tax payer dollars.

I’ve been doing that my entire career.

This is a big job, and I need your help. Please visit our campaign website,, learn a little more about me and please get involved in the campaign if you like what you see.

With a lot of good friends, we were able to make a difference in Cook County. With a lot more, we’ll make a difference in Washington.

I look forward to hearing your ideas and laying out the rest of my agenda in the coming weeks.

If you'd like to join this campaign, particularly as a Netroots Coordinator to help spread our message online, sign up as a volunteer.  


Originally posted to Mike Quigley on Thu Jan 15, 2009 at 08:53 AM PST.

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  •  I voted for you for CC Board Pres. (1+ / 0-)
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    I'm not there now, but I'd give serious thought to giving you my vote if I were.

    Would y'all just chill the hell out?

    by nightsweat on Thu Jan 15, 2009 at 08:56:15 AM PST

    •  Commissioner... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...I am in your district, and I have long admired your fight for gays and lesbians.  But tell me this... with you in Congress, who keeps Stroger's feet to the fire?  Claypool?  Peraica?  Bobbi Steele?

      The Republican Party: the party of greed, hate, anger, fear, waste, death and destruction!

      by ultrageek on Thu Jan 15, 2009 at 09:06:29 AM PST

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  •  The problem with your candidacy is... (2+ / 0-)
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    ultrageek, oldjohnbrown

    ...that should you win, Democratic Machine ward bosses will almost certainly pick a Todd Stroger lackey to replace you on the Cook County Board, giving Stroger and his allies almost compete carte blanche to do whatever they want for the remaining 20 months of his term.

    How can voters in the district (partuicularly those withties to county cgovernment) afford to have you move on to Congress at this time?

  •  to answer the county board question (1+ / 0-)
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    Hi guys, my name is Tom and I'm running Mike's campaign.  He's at the County today voting on budget items, so I'm going to sit here and answer questions for a bit.

    We've heard this one a few times and I guess you could have made the argument that Barack shouldn't have run for President because there were good people running and someone without his credentials would be the next Senator.

    But the real question is, why not have the best and brightest running for higher office?  Why not have people that can build progressive, reform minded organizations below them strive for higher office?  

    Mike as a Congressman will not only do great things on the federal level, but he'll still be active back home and he'll certainly have influence on the County Board President' race in 2010.  That, Randall, is the real way to reform Cook County.  And we already have two reform minded candidates in Forrest Claypool and Toni Preckwinkle in the race.  

    -- TOM

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