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
Naperville scientist Foster wins 11th District seat in bid to return to Congress.
Seven-term Congresswoman Judy Biggert was unseated by Democrat Bill Foster Tuesday night, with Foster snagging 58 percent of the vote with 92 precincts reporting. Around 10 p.m., Biggert conceded, saying she had called to congratulate her opponent. "It has been a long and hard-fought race, but tonight the voters have spoken," she said. "When the new congressional districts were drawn in Springfield to elect more Democrats, they thought I would shy away from a tough race in a district tailor-made for my opponent. ... We turned what was supposed to be a Democrat slam-dunk into one of the most competitive races in the country." READ MORE: Foster, meanwhile, rejoiced not only in his win, but in the re-election of President Barack Obama. "…
The pilot program was spearheaded by Brooks Middle School, Loyola University, Biggert and City of Hope Church in Bolingbrook.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
U.S. Representative Judy Biggert joined students at Brooks Middle School in Bolingbrook last week to kick off a new after-school education program focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Students previewed the program’s exciting new curriculum, including the Smart Phone Genius Project, crime scenes investigation, and a nationwide electric car competition sponsored by Argonne National Laboratory. The new pilot program was spearheaded by Senior Pastor A.J. Jones of City of Hope Covenant Church, Brooks Middle School, Loyola University, and Biggert to help spark student interest in STEM disciplines. Despite gains in recent years, many schools struggle to keep pace with federal goals for math and science …
Friday, November 2, 2012
The president also gave the nod to fellow Democrats Tammy Duckworth and Brad Schneider.
Judy Biggert has Giuliani; Bill Foster has Obama. On Friday, President Barack Obama endorsed scientist Foster, a Democrat hoping to unseat incumbent Biggert in the race to represent the new 11th Congressional District. Foster, who represented the 14th District from 2008 to 2010, was one of three Illinois Democrats to get the nod from the president. In a statement released Friday, Obama also endorsed Tammy Duckworth, a decorated Iraq War veteran running in the 8th Congressional District, and Brad Schneider, who is running against Rep. Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth) in the 10th District. Along with Biggert, Dold got some big-name backing last month from former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who appeared at a Chicago fundraiser for the …
11th District candidate reportedly changed website after interview with "Politics Tonight" host Paul Lisnek.
Democrat Bill Foster has taken some heat from Republicans in his bid to unseat seven-term Congresswoman Judy Biggert, but earlier this week, he faced criticism from a TV newsman who accused him of attempting to mislead voters. WATCH: CLTV Host Confronts Foster In a televised face-to-face interview with the former congressman turned candidate, CLTV "Politics Tonight" host Paul Lisnek asked Foster about some of the endorsements listed on his campaign website, including reported nods from the Chicago Tribune, Kane County Chronicle and Daily Herald — all of which have endorsed Biggert. READ: What Local Candidates has the Tribune Endorsed? Foster, who is running against Biggert to represent the new 11th Congressional District, explained that …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
A week before the election, poll shows less than a point difference between the 11th Congressional District rivals.
A new poll shows Democratic challenger Bill Foster leading incumbent Judy Biggert by less than 1 point in their battle to represent the new 11th District. Professional polling firm We Ask America released the results of an automated Oct. 28 poll showing former 14th District Congressman Foster leading the seven-term Republican 50.4 percent to 49.6 percent. According to the poll, which sampled more than 1,300 likely voters, the candidates were tied among women, while Foster had a slight — as in 2-point — lead among male voters. The race between Biggert and Foster has been a contentious one, with the two accusing each other of negative campaigning and Foster taking aim at Biggert over a controversial ad released by the National Republican …
Friday, October 26, 2012
The Chicago Tribune editorial board has released its endorsements for the 11th Congressional District, 98th state representative seat and 43rd state senate seat.
11th Congressional District Tribune Endorses: Judy Biggert Reason: "Biggert is a more reliable vote against federal government borrowing and spending. She has focused on science, education and financial services. She is a voice for tolerance and for economic restraint." 98th State Representative Tribune Endorses: Bob Kalnicky Reason: Bob Kalnicky, a Republican from Bolingbrook, would bring a unique perspective to the General Assembly. He oversees a nonprofit counseling agency, the Community Service Council, which recently received state money to launch a foreclosure prevention program...His perspective from the nonprofit world would be useful; he knows how grant funds can be wasted and how to ensure accountability." 43rd State Senate …
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
The former New York mayor appeared at a fundraiser for Reps. Judy Biggert and Robert Dold Tuesday in Chicago.
A local Congressional candidate got a boost from a big name on Tuesday, according to the Chicago Tribune. The newspaper reported that former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani headlined a Chicago fundraiser for Republicans Judy Biggert, who hopes to win reelection in her new district, and Robert Dold of Kenilworth. Biggert, who has represented the 3rd District for seven terms, is running against Democrat Bill Foster to represent the new 11th District. Giuliani praised Biggert and Dold, saying they would work to create jobs and rein in federal spending, the Tribune reported. "They also happen to be Republicans who know how to work with Democrats and independents," Giuliani said at the Standard Club of Chicago. "Frankly, we need more of that …
11th Congressional District candidates will appear at 7 p.m. on WTTW's Chicago Tonight.
Republican Congresswoman Judy Biggert and Democratic challenger Bill Foster will sound off in a live televised forum starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, on WTTW's Chicago Tonight. Biggert, who previously represented the 3rd Congressional District, seeks election to an eight term — this time in the new 11th District — while Foster hopes to return to Congress. Click here for live streaming video of tonight's candidate forum. Patch editor Shannon Antinori contributed to this report.
Friday, October 19, 2012
Foster campaign claims four out of five Chicago TV stations initially refused to air attack ad by National Republican Congressional Committee.
The 11th Congressional race has taken a nasty turn, with Democrat Bill Foster claiming that four out of five Chicago TV stations initially refused to air an ad by the National Republican Congressional Committee, according to CapitolFax.com. A former congressman, Foster is facing Republican Congresswoman Judy Biggert, who is seeking an eighth term. The 21-second ad accuses Foster of personally profiting during his time in Congress, where he represented the 14th District from 2008-2010. “Foster got the parachute, you got the crash,” a voiceover intones during the ad, which claims that Foster sold investments a day after “a closed-door briefing in Washington about the financial crisis.” The Foster campaign called the ad “a clear attempt to …