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  Foster, Bill
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NameBill Foster
Address511 Aurora Avenue
Naperville, Illinois 60540, United States
Website [Link]
Born October 07, 1955 (61 years)
Last ModifedPaul
Nov 28, 2012 04:47pm
Tags Moderate-to-Liberal - Anti-Bush Tax Cuts (Pro-Tax Cut Rollback) - Pro Embryonic Stem Cell Research - Pro Environment - Pro-Civil Unions - Pro-Gay Marriage - Pro-Labor - Married -
InfoGeorge William Foster

Designing, building, and managing some of the most advanced research machines in science, and creating a successful multimillion dollar business from scratch are some of the highlights of Bill Foster's career. A career with dedication and enthusiasm to make changes for the better and bringing progress by problem solving, innovation, hard work, and commitment. Bill has devoted his energy to making important scientific progress and to building a business that has created jobs for hundreds of people in the United States -- and now Bill is committed to working hard for people here in the 14th Congressional District in Illinois.

SCIENCE: Bill came to the Fox Valley in 1984 to raise his family and to pursue an exciting scientific career at Fermilab, home of the world's most powerful particle accelerators. During his 22 years at Fermilab he participated in leading-edge scientific research, designed and built state-of-the-art physics experiments, and led teams of people to help build Fermilab's giant particle accelerators. (read more about Bill's science career)

BUSINESS: Before coming to Fermilab, Bill was a successful businessman. When he was 19, Bill and his younger brother started a business from scratch in their basement. Starting with $500 from their parents, they built a company that now manufactures over half of the theater lighting equipment in the United States. Their equipment is used on Broadway shows, Rolling Stones tours, the great Opera houses, half-time shows at the Super-Bowl, and at churches, schools, and community theaters throughout the country. Their company sells millions of dollars of equipment around the world and provides over 500 good jobs - with good pay and benefits - here in the Midwest. (read more about Bill's business career)

FAMILY: Bill's father was trained as a chemist but spent much of his career as a civil rights lawyer. He wrote much of the enforcement code (federal regulations) behind the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – the part that denied federal funds to school systems that refused to let black and white kids go to the same school. Bill's mother worked in the office of Illinois Senator Paul H. Douglas, which is where she met Bill's father. His mom came from a long line of inventors, but worked in her career to help law enforcement officers get college degrees, and to help college students become cops.

Bill's children Billy and Christine were born and raised in the Fox Valley. His son Billy graduated from Batavia High school, received a BA in Math and Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2006, and now works for Tomotherapy, Inc. a leading medical imaging and radiation therapy firm. Bill's daughter Christine went to schools in Batavia and attended the Illinois Math and Science Academy (IMSA) in Aurora. She is now a sophomore majoring in biochemistry at Stanford University. (read more about Bill's family)

EDUCATION: Bill was born in 1955 in Madison, Wisconsin and received his BA in Physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1975 and his Ph.D. in Physics from Harvard University in 1984. He has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society, received the Rossi Prize for Cosmic Ray Physics for the discovery of the neutrino burst from Supernova SN1987a, received the Particle Accelerator Technology Prize from the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, and was awarded an Energy Conservation award from the U.S. Department of Energy for his invention and application of permanent magnets for Fermilab's accelerators. (read about the awards Bill has earned)



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Date Category Headline Article Contributor
May 28, 2011 11:00pm Announcement Former Rep. Bill Foster will seek return to Congress in 2012 [IL-11]  Article COSDem 
Jun 09, 2008 01:00pm News Freshman Democrat: The budget increases taxes  Article Ex-New Jerseyan 
Mar 12, 2008 05:00pm News First day, swing vote for new Rep. Bill Foster  Article RP 
Mar 09, 2008 06:00pm News Rookie Congressman Bill Foster: Win Sends Message  Article Gerald Farinas 
Mar 08, 2008 09:00pm News Democrat Bill Foster wins special election to replace Dennis Hastert  Article ev 

Tue Sep 27 17:33:17 +0000 2016 - Today is #VoterRegistrationDay. If you haven't yet registered to vote, visit https://t.co/7ErtvXW7kg to sign up!

Mon Sep 26 20:50:23 +0000 2016 - The increase in employment and wage gains are good signs our economy is on the right track, but we still have more work to do.

Mon Sep 26 20:50:13 +0000 2016 - More good news out today - 3.5 million Americans climbed out of poverty last year. https://t.co/nYZvzLgB7c

Fri Sep 23 16:58:47 +0000 2016 - As the only PhD scientist in Congress, I agree we need to fight against climate change deniers like @realdonaldtrump https://t.co/1i54kyrMJ7

Wed Sep 21 22:12:14 +0000 2016 - (2/2) Sign up today to volunteer to help us get the word out about Bill Foster. https://t.co/6thviYx2X1

Wed Sep 21 22:11:55 +0000 2016 - (1/2) Less than 50 days to go until the election. We need to keep the only PhD scientist in Congress, and we need your help!

Wed Sep 14 22:09:19 +0000 2016 - (2/2) We have made progress under President Obama, but there's still more work we need to do for working families.

Wed Sep 14 22:08:32 +0000 2016 - (1/2) Despite what you may hear from some, history shows that manufacturing jobs thrive under Democratic Presidents. https://t.co/hLyEcEdHXE

Tue Sep 13 21:17:06 +0000 2016 - (2/2) It's just more proof that everyone benefits when we have good economic policies.

Tue Sep 13 21:16:58 +0000 2016 - (1/2) Great news out today about economic progress for the middle class and working families. https://t.co/yYvPVEOaIh

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