Wednesday, May 8, 2013
A statement honoring Capt. Brandon Cyr was submitted to the Congressional Record.
Wednesday, May 8
The following is from a release provided by Randy Hultgren's office: Today, Congressman Randy Hultgren (IL-14) and Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11) issued a joint statement honoring the life and sacrifice of Capt. Brandon Cyr of the United States Air Force. Capt. Cyr was killed in the Zabul province of Afghanistan when the MC-12 Liberty aircraft he was traveling in crashed on April 27, 2013. He was a former Oswego, Illinois resident and member of the 906th Air Refueling Squadron within the 375th Air Mobility Wing. "Illinois has lost a gifted leader, exceptional pilot and true hero in Captain Brandon Cyr. My wife, Christy, and I extend our deepest sympathies to the Cyr family and to all whose lives Brandon touched,” said Hultgren. “We mourn…
Friday, December 21, 2012
Patch contacted 10 newly elected representatives to find out what they plan to do to help curb gun violence in our country in the wake of last week's mass killing in Newtown, CT. Those who actually wanted to discuss the issue say it's time for a change.
When members of the 113th Congress take their seats in January, one of the top items on their agenda very well could be a new look at federal gun control laws. In the wake of the Newtown, CT, tragedy of one week ago today, President Obama on Wednesday set a January deadline for his administration to "create concrete proposals" to curb gun violence in the United States. Obama also called on Congress to reinstate an assault weapons ban that expired in 2004 to "pursue the possibility of limiting high-capacity ammunition clips" and to "close a gun show loophole that allows people to purchase firearms from private dealers without a background check." What will come of this renewed debate is yet to be seen, but what is certain is that …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Here are the final, unofficial results for all the races that matter to you.
See below for final unoffical vote totals from races for U.S. Congress, the State Legislature and Kendall and Kane counties and local referenda. Shall every levy of every governing body within the County of Kendall, Illinois be reduced 20% over the previous year's levy? Shall the County of Kendall have the authority to arrange for the supply of electricity for its residential and small commercial retail customers who have not opted out of such program? Shall the County of Kendall impose an additional surcharge of up to $0.75 per month per network connection to the existing $0.75 surcharge (total not to exceed $1.50 per month) which surcharge will be added to the monthly bill you receive for telephone or telecommunications charges, for the …
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. "…
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
Candidates spar during live event on WTTW.
It’s a question many voters have for candidates: Are you for or against gay marriage? On Wednesday night, Republican Congresswoman Judy Biggert and Democratic challenger Bill Foster took on the issue during their final debate as they battle to represent the new 11th Congressional District. The candidate forum aired live on WTTW-Channel 11’s “Chicago Tonight.” After Biggert made the ambiguous statement “I’m close to reaching for gay marriages,” Foster went on the offensive. “She has not yet evolved. So, she's crawling out of the swamp or something,” said Foster, a scientist, according to the Chicago Tribune. “She has not yet evolved. So, she's crawling out of the swamp or something,” he added, noting he supports marriage equality. Biggert …
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
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. tonight, 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.
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 …