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April 07, 2009

Quigley heading to Congress

Mike Quigley will be heading to Congress – officially.

The Cook County Commissioner handily defeated Republican Rosanna Pulido and a Green Party candidate to win the Illinois Fifth District seat formerly held by White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

With 94 percent of precincts reporting, Quigley led Pulido with 70 percent of the vote. The AP called the race for Quigley.

He will be sworn into Congress on April 21.

"Congratulations to Congressman-elect Mike Quigley on his victory in the special election to represent Illinois' 5th Congressional District. Congressman-elect Quigley’s strong advocacy for Illinois’ middle class families and his commitment to making government more honest and accountable follows in the tradition of President Obama and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel,” said Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen.

“I look forward to welcoming Congressman-elect Quigley to the House and working with him to take our economy and our country in a new direction.”