Thursday, January 3, 2013
Democrat Bill Foster will sworn in as representative for the 11th Congressional District of the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday.
The 11th Congressional District has a new representative in Congress. Democrat Bill Foster was sworn into Congress Thursday. Seven-term Congresswoman Judy Biggert was unseated by Foster in November. Foster is no newcomer to Congress; he represented the 14th District from 2008-2010 after wining a special election to replace former House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert. Foster released this statement Thursday: Today I was honored to be sworn in to represent Illinois’ 11th Congressional District. We face serious issues in the coming months that will require compromise and bipartisanship. Last November, voters sent a clear signal to their representatives – it’s time to put aside the partisanship and political posturing and start getting to work …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
What will 2012 ballots in northern Illinois show about President Obama's support at home?
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Updated at 3 a.m., Chicago time By Dennis Robaugh After NBC and CNN projected President Obama's re-election, the president sent a message shortly thereafter on Twitter at 10:14 saying simply, "This happened because of you. Thank you." Illinois, of course, was never in play. Our state's 20 electoral votes were stuck in the president's back pocket as far back as his inauguration in 2008. But in 2008's historic election, President Obama carried every collar county in northern Illinois. In 2012, the president narrowly lost out to Mitt Romney in Kane County, Kendall County and McHenry County, with 99 percent of precincts reporting. Voter turnout again was very strong. Local polling places even reported lines at 6 a.m. with voters waiting to get…
Find coverage of the various congressional matchups throughout the Patch network.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
While many of northern Illinois' congressional races left little in the way of doubt, a few provided down-to-the-wire drama and competitiveness. Judy Biggert and Bill Foster were in a dead heat as Election Day approached, with Foster emerging victorious, according to unofficial totals. And Joe Walsh and Tammy Duckworth engaged in a bitter mudfest, with Walsh being tossed out by voters. Jesse Jackson Jr. didn't campaign at all, citing health issues, yet won-reelection, and Adam Kinzinger, Dan Lipinski, Danny Davis and Peter Roskam didn't feel they had to. Coverage of the various congressional races can be viewed throughout the Patch network.
Monday, October 8, 2012
Judy Biggert (R-Hinsdale) is running against Democrat Bill Foster for the 11th Congressional District seat.
Rep. Judy Biggert (R-Hinsdale) has been endorsed by the Illinois Education Association. The announcement was made at Hinsdale South High School in Darien Monday. Biggert is running for the 11th Congressional District. Her opponent is Democrat Bill Foster. Although some members of the Republican Party have actively said they don't agree with teacher unions, Vice President Kathi Griffin of the Illinois Education Association said it's important to look past Biggert's political party. "I think it's important that we focus on what the candidate stands for," Griffin said. "It's not whether you are a Democrat or Republican. It's whether you're a friend to education, and that's what we see in Judy Biggert and why we are endorsing her." Read more…
Monday, September 10, 2012
U.S. Representative Judy Biggert hosted the event Thursday at the Levy Center in Bolingbrook.
Editor's note: The following is a press release by U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert. Biggert is the Republican candidate for the 11th Congressional District seat. Her opponent is Democrat Bill Foster. U.S. Representative Judy Biggert hosted a Senior Fair where nearly 200 area seniors took advantage of free health screenings, flu shots, tips on avoiding fraud, important information on Medicare and veteran benefits and more Thursday. The Senior Fair was held at the Levy Center in Bolingbrook. “Our Senior Fair showcased great programs designed to help seniors safeguard their health and financial security,” said Biggert. “We had flu shots, tips from pharmacists, and lots of opportunities for local residents to get one-on-one advice from agency …
Monday, December 5, 2011
Business leaders to testify on how new regulations are impacting financial institutions, small businesses and consumers in Illinois.
Bolingbrook Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Mike Evans will testify in front of a U.S. House of Representatives committee today in Chicago. Evans, in an email to chamber members, said he was asked by U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert to testify in front of the Committee on Financial Services about how new regulations are impacting financial institutions, small businesses and consumers in Illinois. "I will be speaking about the difficulty small businesses face in accessing credit and obtaining loans," Evans said in the email. "This is a valuable opportunity to help pave a path to greater access to financial resources for small businesses all across (America)." The hearing will take place in Room 2525 at the Everett McKinley Dirksen United …
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert congratulates the 2011 IHSA 8A state champion Bolingbrook Raider football team on the United States House of Representatives floor.
Editor's Note: In the original version of this post, we mistakenly said the Raiders were the 2010 champions. In fact, they are the 2011 champions. We apologize for this error.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
The candidate, if elected, hopes to eliminate interest on student loans, provide greater tax breaks for corporations who hire new works, and more.
- Jesse Marx
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
James Hickey, board president of the Orland Fire Protection District, announced his candidacy for the 11th Congressional District, accompanied by a list of “common sense” ideas for strengthening the economy. The 11th Congressional District spans as far north as Aurora and south to Joliet, and includes all of Bolingbrook. Hickey said in a statement that Chicago’s western suburbs “deserve a more imaginative and aggressive representative in Congress.” "We don't need another career politician in Washington D.C. who tells us what we want to hear," he said. "We need someone who is willing to bring real change not to our community but in terms of how we are represented. My commitment is to bring new ideas to help bring change that will strengthen…
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Chris Balkema will run for the newly drawn 11th Congressional District, which covers portions of Channahon, Shorewood, Oswego, Montgomery, Plainfield, Romeoville, Bolingbrook, Woodridge, Darien and Naperville among other communities.
A Channahon Republican announced his intentions to run for U.S. Congress over the weekend, according to a Morris Daily Herald report. Chris Balkema, a Grundy County board member and longtime employee of Caterpillar in Joliet, will run for the new 11th Congressional District, which covers portions of Channahon, Shorewood, Oswego, Montgomery, Plainfield, Romeoville, Bolingbrook, Woodridge, Darien and Naperville among other communities. "In order to create jobs and restore economic opportunity for middle-class families, we need to start making things here in America again," Balkema told the Morris Daily Herald. "Manufacturing is what built the U.S. economy into an international leader throughout the 20th century, an edge we've seen decline …
Friday, August 12, 2011
U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert spoke to a crowd from the senior community Thursday about the debt crisis, entitlements and redistricting.
U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert (R-13th) may not be in Washington D.C. hobnobbing with other lawmakers, but she’s clearly not on vacation. Making a stop at Monarch Landing Thursday afternoon, meeting with constituents as part of Congress’ district work period. Biggert spoke to a crowd from the senior community, addressing a number of issues including the debt crisis, entitlements and redistricting. She told the crowd that Speaker of the House John Boehner said it was important for members of Congress to be out meeting with constituents. “Now is really an interesting time in our lives,” Biggert said. “We are all feeling the same way … concern and how are we going to solve [the debt crisis].” Since 1998, Biggert has worked to insure the residents of …