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  Foster, Bill
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<-  2009-01-01  
 
NameBill Foster
Address511 Aurora Avenue
Naperville, Illinois 60540, United States
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Born October 07, 1955 (61 years)
ContributorArmyDem
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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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 

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RACES
  11/08/2016 IL District 11 Won 60.44% (+20.89%)
  03/15/2016 IL District 11 - D Primary Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/04/2014 IL - District 11 Won 53.46% (+6.92%)
  11/06/2012 IL - District 11 Won 58.46% (+17.11%)
  03/20/2012 IL - District 11 - D Primary Won 58.48% (+33.34%)
  11/02/2010 IL - District 14 Lost 45.03% (-6.26%)
  02/02/2010 IL - District 14 - D Primary Won 100.00% (+99.99%)
  11/04/2008 IL - District 14 Won 57.75% (+15.50%)
  03/08/2008 IL - District 14 - Special Election Won 52.53% (+5.06%)
  02/05/2008 IL District 14 - D Primary Won 42.47% (+0.52%)
  02/05/2008 IL District 14 - Special D Primary Won 49.60% (+6.84%)
ENDORSEMENTS
IL US Senate - D Primary - Mar 15, 2016 D Tammy Duckworth
IL US Senate - D Primary - Feb 02, 2010 D Alexander "Alexi" Giannoulias
IL State Senate 45 - Nov 04, 2008 D Martin "Marty" Mulcahey
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