Thursday, January 24, 2013
Congressman Bill Foster, who represents the 11th District, voted for the proposal and said the nation needs a "long-term solution to address the national debt."
Congressman Bill Foster, who represents the 11th District, released the following statement on his vote to support the Republican proposal to raise the debt ceiling for the next three months. “We need a long term solution to address the national debt, not more short term fixes as House Republicans presented today, however, I voted for the temporary debt limit suspension because protecting the full faith and credit of the United States government is our most important obligation. “Defaulting on U.S. debt payments would trigger a massive increase in U.S. borrowing costs, tarnishing our credit and greatly increasing the national debt.” As part of the package, Foster also voted to protect benefits for veterans and seniors from cuts proposed…
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 …
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Last week, a Cook County judge ruled that a typo wasn't enough to oust fellow Republican Jack Cunningham from the March 20 primary.
Friday, February 24, 2012
There was some friction between the three Democratic candidates in the 11th Congressional District at a forum in Aurora on Thursday night.
For the second time this week, the three Democratic candidates running in the new 11th Congressional District shared a stage Thursday night, this time in Aurora. And this time, some sparks flew. The forum was sponsored by the Aurora Township Democrats, and held at the headquarters of Painters District Council #30 on the northwest side of Aurora. The candidates answered questions from the audience, and spent much of their time outlining the differences between them. Bill Foster, the Naperville scientist who represented the 14th Congressional District from 2008 to 2010, described himself as a “thoughtful moderate” with an eye on “the long-term best interests of the country.” Jim Hickey, the president of the Orland Fire District (the largest …
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
The three Democrats vying for the 11th Congressional District seat met for their first forum on Monday night, and talked about the economy, jobs, and each other.
For the first time, the three Democrats vying for the new 11th Congressional District seat shared a stage Monday night, and they outlined their positions on job creation, the national debt, and lobbyists in Congress. The forum was sponsored by the Naperville Township Democrats, and held at the Naperville Municipal Center. The candidates—former Congressman Bill Foster, Orland Fire Protection District President Jim Hickey, and attorney and former Aurora Township Clerk Juan Thomas—are in the running to face Republican Rep. Judy Biggert in November. (Biggert is running unopposed in the primary.) And they took the opportunity on Monday night to introduce themselves to the roughly 80 people in attendance, and talk about the differences between …
Friday, November 18, 2011
Protesters gather at bridge in Joliet for national day of action.
A group of about 40 people gathered in the cold wind near the Jefferson Street bridge in downtown Joliet Thursday as part of a national day of action, declaring an “economic emergency for the 99 percent.” Held at bridges across the nation that have been designated as structurally unsound, the demonstrations were inspired by Work That Needs Doing, a project whose mission is to put Americans back to work repairing the country’s infrastructure and meeting America’s education, healthcare and clean-energy needs. “In virtually every community you’ll see work that needs doing, states the group's website, workthatneedsdoing.org. “Rundown schools. Crumbling bridges. Neglected parks, recreation centers and playgrounds. Buildings that need to be more…
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 …