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ENDORSEMENT: Mike Quigley for Congress in 5th District Democratic primary

He’s not flashy but he works the job, and there’s a lot to be said for his political approach — finding common cause in the middle.

Endorsement, Mike Quigley, 2020 5th District Congressional Democratic primary election.
Mike Quigley is endorsed by the Sun-Times in the 5th District congressional Democratic primary.
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Mike Quigley was a voice of reason during the House impeachment proceedings. His plainspoken common sense was, dare we say it, very Midwestern.

Case in point was Quigley’s rejection of the Republican argument that the evidence presented against President Trump was all hearsay. If there was not more direct evidence, of course, it was only because Trump blocked top aides from testifying. But Quigley made this important point: “Countless people have been convicted on hearsay,” which “can be much better evidence than direct, as we have learned in painful instances.”

Our endorsement goes to Quigley. He’s not flashy but he works the job, and there’s a lot to be said for his political approach — finding common cause in the middle.

Quigley has pushed for infrastructure investment and permanent residency for eligible Dreamers. He has been a defender of the environment in the Chicago area, securing federal funding to clean up waterways. And as a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, he helped secure critically important funding to protect local election systems from hackers.

Also running is Chicago lawyer Brian Burns, who supports a more overtly progressive agenda, including the Green New Deal and Medicare for All.


5th Congressional District map, U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois
5th Congressional District map.
Illustration by Caroline Hurley

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