Bill Foster

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Bill Foster currently serves the 14th Congressional district of Illinois.

George William "Bill" Foster is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing the 14th District of Illinois. He defeated Jim Oberweis (R) in a special election on March 8, 2008. Foster replaces former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert(R-Ill).[1] Foster was sworn into office on March 11, 2008 and will again face Oberweis in the general election in November.[2]

Positions, record and controversies

Bill Foster took a leadership role in restoring funding for basic research which had been cut in the 2008 Omnibus budget resolution.

The supplemental appropriation bill included money for the DOE Office of Science and for National Science Foundation, allowing the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory to resume work on their flagship neutrino oscillation experiment, NoVA.[3]


2008 elections

Special election

On March 8th, 2008, Foster defeated Jim Oberweis (R) in a special election to fill the open seat of retired Rep. Dennis Hastert (R-Il).[4]

General election

Foster won the Democratic nomination for the 2008 general election in November. He was locked in a tight race with Democratic rival John Laesch.[5] Laesch conceded as of March 17. [6]

This information was gathered by volunteer researchers as part of the Superdelegate Transparency Project on the superdelegates for the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. For more info see the Illinois superdelegate tracker or visit the STP homepage.

Before Hillary Clinton conceded the race, Bill Foster, as a superdelegate, had endorsed Barack Obama for President.

For more information and sources, see the state page for this superdelegate linked to in the blue box above.

Money in politics

Information on this candidate's 2010 fundraising is not yet available.

Committees and affiliations


Foster will be assigned committees when he arrives in Congress.


More background data


Official Web site

Washinton D.C. office
2304 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-2976

District offices
27 North River Street
Batavia, IL 60510
(630) 406-1114

119 W. First Street
Dixon, IL 61021
(815) 288-0680

Campaign contact information

Official Foster for Congress Web site

Bill Foster for Congress
50 N. Island Ave.
Batavia, IL 60510

Phone: 630-406-1145


Articles and resources

Related SourceWatch articles


  1. Abdon Pallasch and Dan Rozek, "Political earthquake: Foster to replace Hastert" The Chicago Sun, March 9, 2008
  2. Leslie Hague "Foster sworn into Congress" Daily Herald, March 11, 2008, Accessed March 12, 2008
  3. [1]
  4. Abdon Pallasch and Dan Rozek, "Political earthquake: Foster to replace Hastert" The Chicago Sun, March 9, 2008
  5. "Geneva man seeks position in Congress," Courier News, May 31, 2007.
  6. [2]

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External resources

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