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Candidate Bio: Bill Foster - 11th District

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George William "Bill" Foster is a physicist and businessman, and the former U.S. Representative for Illinois's 14th congressional district, serving from 2008 until 2011. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

Foster is running against Republican Judy Biggert in the 2012 election. They recently took part in a debate exclusively on FOX Chicago News.

SEE: Biggert, Foster debate to represent 11th Congressional District

During his 34 months on Capitol Hill, Democrat Bill Foster's $18 million net worth made him the richest Illinoisan in Congress.

On The Issues

Economy - The financial crisis of 2008 cost our economy 8 million jobs and cost American families more than 16 Trillion dollars of net worth. Bill Foster believes that emergency intervention was required to avoid another Depression, but that it will take time to repair the damage caused by a decade of economic mismanagement. Read more...

Jobs - Recent history shows that America knows how to create jobs – if the economy is competently managed. Our recovery is beginning by rebalancing our economy and returning to the policies that resulted in the strong economic growth of the 1990's. Read more...

American Manufacturing - As a businessman who started a manufacturing company that now provides hundreds of good-paying jobs right here in the Midwest, nothing is more important to Bill Foster than the health of manufacturing in America. In the long run, a country can only consume as much as it produces – and Bill knows we need to see "Made in America" again. Read more...

Wall Street - The financial crisis of 2008 destroyed millions of jobs and crushed the retirement savings of American families. There is no higher priority than making sure that we never face such a crisis again. As a businessman with a background in manufacturing and the real economy, Bill Foster recognizes that an efficient and well-regulated financial services sector is essential to our economic growth. Read more...

Fiscal Responsibility - The recent downgrade of the U.S. debt rating, and the massive market sell-off that it triggered, serve as a reminder that there is no substitute for thoughtful and responsible representatives in Congress. We need members who understand the real nature of the problems we face, and act the long-term best interests of the people they serve - rather than out of rigid ideology or partisan self-interest. Read more...

Energy - Our growing dependence on energy from imported oil and natural gas has been an urgent but neglected problem for decades. Growing demand from around the world is driving oil prices to sustained high levels, and global warming is one of the most serious environmental challenges facing us today. America needs an adequate response to the energy challenges of the future. Read more...

Health Care - Bill Foster believes that every family should have a family doctor. Bill voted for health insurance reform to make sure those with pre-existing conditions get the care they deserve at a price they can afford, preserve the guaranteed benefits of Medicare, help prevent medical bankruptcies, lower overall health care costs, and raise the quality of medical care in the United States. Read more...

Science and Technology - investments in basic scientific research are among the highest return on investment of any that our society can make. As a scientist and successful businessman, Bill Foster believes that keeping the technological pipeline full - from basic research, to technology development, to market driven deployment of advanced manufacturing technologies - is crucial to our country's long term economic health. Read more...

Education - Wise investments in our children's education are crucial to our long-term economic health. Bill is proud of and grateful for the education that his children received in the public schools of Illinois – and Bill is committed to preserving and strengthening the quality of our schools, community colleges, and universities. Read more...

Source: BillFoster.com

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