Rep. Mike Quigley considers run for Chicago mayor

Mon. April 11, 2022 1:59 PM by Gerald Farinas

u.s. rep. mike quigley (d-chicago)

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Serves as vice chairman of congressional LGBTQ Equality Caucus and member of HIV/AIDS Caucus

U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Chicago) established a new political campaign committee separate from his federal one. "Quigley for Chicago" was created to fund internal polling to gage the congressman's chances of winning a mayoral race. He is not permitted to use funds set aside for his federal campaigns.

While this is not an admission of intent to run for Chicago mayor, it is seen as a significant step toward it. He may very well not run if he believes his chances are low against other contenders.

Quigley has not responded to requests for comment.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot, the first out gay mayor of Chicago, has not yet announced her campaign for re-election. She is expected to do so.

Ald. Raymond Lopez (15th) announced his candidacy for mayor earlier in April. If he wins, Lopez would become the first Latino, first openly gay man, second openly gay mayor of Chicago.

While Quigley is not gay, he has a long-standing record of advocacy for LGBTQ civil rights and marriage equality in both the Cook County Board of Commissioners and in Congress.

He is vice chaorman of the congressional LGBTQ Equality Caucus and is a member of the congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus.

Quigley has represented the 5th congressional district of Illinois since 2009. The district covers parts of Chicago, Elmhurst, Elmwood Park, Franklin Park, Hinsdale, La Grange Park, Norridge, Northlake, River Grove, Schiller Park, Oakbrook Terrace, among other municipalities in Cook and DuPage counties.

The 63-year old is married to Barbara and is the father of two. Born in Indianapolis, Quigley attended Roosevelt University and received his Master's in Public Policy from the University of Chicago. He is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago law school.