Bill FosterBill Foster – IL11

Current Position: US Representative of IL District 11 since 2013
Affiliation: Democrat

Other Positions:
Chair, Committee on Financial Services, Task Force on Artificial Intelligence,
Chair, Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight

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In the wake of a new Texas law banning nearly all abortions in that state, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker and members of Illinois’ congressional delegation vowed to protect women’s rights while calling for a federal reproductive health law.

“Nobody should be forced to cross state lines to see a doctor,” Pritzker said Tuesday. “The latest extremist attacks on reproductive health prove we need a federal law to protect a woman’s right to control their own health care.”

In 2019, Pritzker signed the Reproductive Health Act into law. In addition to codifying the right to abortions and birth control in Illinois, the act takes references to abortions out of Illinois’ criminal code and requires insurers to cover the procedure.

“We stand together again today because the dystopian reality we feared in 2019 is closer to reality today as radical Republican legislators across the country seek to functionally eradicate their constituents’ autonomy with no intervention from the nation’s highest court to be found,” Pritzker said.


U.S. Rep. Bill Foster (IL-11th), who was an adolescent during the 1960s, said he knew women who had to fly across the country to access safe and legal abortion care. “This is reality, and we’re returning to a barbaric time in our country’s history,” he said.

Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement on President Biden’s announcement of vaccine requirements for federal workers, federal contractors, and businesses with more than 100 employees:

“A majority of Americans have been vaccinated and we are ready to put this pandemic behind us. However, we can only do that if the unvaccinated take responsibility and do the right thing to protect themselves, their families, and their communities. I fully support President Biden’s decision to require vaccination for federal workers and federal contractors, as well as mandating businesses with more than 100 employees ensure their workforce is fully vaccinated or institute weekly testing requirements. Not only will this help protect vaccinated workers at the workplace, it will help reduce the spread of COVID in communities large and small.

“This is a critical moment in our battle against COVID, and thanks to the tireless work of scientists, we have the tools to win. The vaccines have proven to be safe and effective. They are free and easily accessible. They are our way out of this pandemic.”

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Current Position: US Representative of IL District 11 since 2013
Affiliation: Democrat

Other Positions:
Chair, Committee on Financial Services, Task Force on Artificial Intelligence,
Chair, Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight

Featured Quote: 
Getting vaccinated is not a partisan act, it’s a patriotic one. I’m proud to join @RepMMM
for a bipartisan call to all Americans: protect yourselves and your loved ones & get vaccinated.

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In the wake of a new Texas law banning nearly all abortions in that state, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker and members of Illinois’ congressional delegation vowed to protect women’s rights while calling for a federal reproductive health law.

“Nobody should be forced to cross state lines to see a doctor,” Pritzker said Tuesday. “The latest extremist attacks on reproductive health prove we need a federal law to protect a woman’s right to control their own health care.”

In 2019, Pritzker signed the Reproductive Health Act into law. In addition to codifying the right to abortions and birth control in Illinois, the act takes references to abortions out of Illinois’ criminal code and requires insurers to cover the procedure.

“We stand together again today because the dystopian reality we feared in 2019 is closer to reality today as radical Republican legislators across the country seek to functionally eradicate their constituents’ autonomy with no intervention from the nation’s highest court to be found,” Pritzker said.


U.S. Rep. Bill Foster (IL-11th), who was an adolescent during the 1960s, said he knew women who had to fly across the country to access safe and legal abortion care. “This is reality, and we’re returning to a barbaric time in our country’s history,” he said.

Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement on President Biden’s announcement of vaccine requirements for federal workers, federal contractors, and businesses with more than 100 employees:

“A majority of Americans have been vaccinated and we are ready to put this pandemic behind us. However, we can only do that if the unvaccinated take responsibility and do the right thing to protect themselves, their families, and their communities. I fully support President Biden’s decision to require vaccination for federal workers and federal contractors, as well as mandating businesses with more than 100 employees ensure their workforce is fully vaccinated or institute weekly testing requirements. Not only will this help protect vaccinated workers at the workplace, it will help reduce the spread of COVID in communities large and small.

“This is a critical moment in our battle against COVID, and thanks to the tireless work of scientists, we have the tools to win. The vaccines have proven to be safe and effective. They are free and easily accessible. They are our way out of this pandemic.”

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Congressman Bill Foster is a scientist and businessman representing the 11th Congressional District of Illinois, a position he’s held since 2013. He also represented the 14th Congressional District of Illinois from 2008 to 2011. He is the only PhD physicist in Congress.

Bill serves on the House Financial Services Committee where he advocates for consumer protections and an economy that works for everyone. In response to the Great Recession, he helped create several important reforms in the financial services and housing markets, including the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Bill serves as chairman of the Financial Services Committee’s Task Force on Artificial Intelligence.

He also serves on the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee where he has fought for evidence-based policies and forward-thinking approaches to some of our country’s most pressing issues, including climate change and energy innovation. He is a champion for sustained federal funding for scientific research.

Bill serves as the chairman of the Science Commitee’s Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee, which is empowered to investigative and oversee federal scientific research.

In the wake of the devastating COVID-19 pandemic, Bill was named to the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus. The Select Subcommittee is charged with examining the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 crisis, including the use of taxpayer funds to mitigate the public health and economic consequences of the pandemic.

Bill’s business career began at age 19 when he and his younger brother co-founded Electronic Theatre Controls, Inc., a company that now manufactures over half of the theater lighting equipment in the United States.

Before he became a Member of Congress, Bill worked as a high-energy physicist and particle accelerator designer at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab). He was a member of the team that discovered the top quark, the heaviest known form of matter. He also led the teams that designed and built several scientific facilities and detectors still in use today, including the Antiproton Recycler Ring, the latest of Fermilab’s giant particle accelerators.

Bill lives in Naperville with his wife Aesook, who is also a physicist. Bill has two grown children, Billy and Christine. Bill’s father was a civil rights lawyer who wrote much of the enforcement language behind the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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2366 Rayburn House Office Building
WashingtonDC 20515

Phone: 202-225-3515

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2711 E New York Street
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AuroraIL 60502

Phone: 630-585-7672

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JolietIL 60435

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George William Foster (born October 7, 1955) is an American businessman, physicist, and U.S. representative for Illinois’s 11th congressional district, winning the seat in 2012.[1] He was the U.S. representative for Illinois’s 14th congressional district from 2008 to 2011. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

Early life, education, and business career

Foster was born in 1955 in Madison, Wisconsin. As a teenager, he attended James Madison Memorial High School. He received his bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1976 and his Ph.D. in physics from Harvard University in 1983.[2] The title of his doctoral dissertation is “An experimental limit on proton decay: .”[3]

Physics career

After completing his Ph.D., Foster moved to the Fox Valley with his family to pursue a career in high-energy (particle) physics at Fermilab, a Department of Energy National Laboratory. During his 22 years at Fermilab, he participated in several projects, including the design of equipment and data analysis software for the CDF Detector, which were used in the discovery of the top quark, and the management of the design and construction of a 3 km Anti-Proton Recycler Ring for the Main Injector.[4][5]

In 1998, Foster was elected a fellow of the American Physical Society.[6] He was a member of the team that received the 1989 Bruno Rossi Prize for cosmic ray physics for the discovery of the neutrino burst from the supernova SN 1987A. He also received the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers‘ Particle Accelerator Technology Prize and was awarded an Energy Conservation award from the United States Department of Energy for his application of permanent magnets for Fermilab‘s accelerators.[7]

U.S. House of Representatives

Elections

2008 special

On November 26, 2007, former House Republican Speaker J. Dennis Hastert resigned as the Representative from Illinois’s 14th congressional district. Foster announced his candidacy to fill the vacancy on May 30, 2007.[8] In the March special election, Foster defeated Republican nominee and Hastert-endorsed candidate Jim Oberweis, 53%–47%.[9][10]

2008 general

In November, Oberweis ran against Foster again. Foster won reelection to a full term, 58%–42%.[11]

2010

Foster was challenged by Republican nominee State Senator Randy Hultgren and Green Party nominee Daniel Kairis. Despite being endorsed by the Chicago Tribune,[12] the Chicago Sun-Times[13] and The Daily Herald,[14] Foster lost to Hultgren, 51%–45%.[15][16]

2012

In May 2011, Foster sold his home in Geneva, moved to Naperville and announced plans to run for Congress in the 11th district, which encompasses Aurora, Joliet, Lisle in addition to Naperville. It also includes roughly a quarter of his former district.[17][18] The district had previously been the 13th, represented by seven-term Republican Judy Biggert. Although Biggert’s home in Hinsdale had been shifted to the Chicago-based 5th district, Biggert opted to seek election in the 11th, which contained half of her old territory.[19]

On November 6, 2012, Foster won the election for the 11th district with 58% of the vote.[20]

2014

Foster ran again and was unopposed in the Democratic primary.[21] In the general election, he defeated the Republican nominee, State Representative Darlene Senger, with 53.5% of the vote to her 46.5%.[22]

2016

Foster ran again and was unopposed in the Democratic primary.[23] In the general election, he defeated the Republican nominee, Tonia Khouri, with 60.4% of the vote to her 39.6%.[23]

2018

Foster again was unopposed in the Democratic primary. In the general election, he defeated the Republican nominee, Nick Stella, with 63.8% of the vote to Stella’s 36.2%.[23]

2020

Foster faced a primary challenge from Rachel Ventura and won the nomination with 58.7% of the vote. In the general election, he defeated Republican nominee, Rick Laib, with 63.3% of the vote.[23]

2022

Foster won the June 28 Democratic primary and is running for reelection to the House in the November 8 general election.[24]

Tenure

Although it was initially thought that Foster would not be sworn in until April 2008 due to the need to count absentee ballots before his first election was certified, he took the oath of office on March 11, 2008.[25]

Foster joined Vern Ehlers and Rush Holt Jr. as the only research physicists ever elected to Congress.[26] On his first day in office, he cast the deciding vote to keep from tabling an ethics bill that would create an independent outside panel to investigate ethics complaints against House members.[27][28]

Fundraising

According to OpenSecrets, Foster received $637,050 from labor-related political action committees during his runs for Congress. $180,000 of this money came from PACs linked to public sector unions. $110,000 of these donations came from PACs linked to industrial labor unions.

According to the Federal Election Commission, Nancy Pelosi gave $4,000 to Foster’s 2012 campaign committee. PACs under Pelosi’s control donated $10,000 to his 2012 campaign.

Taxes

Foster supported allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire. During a debate with his opponent in the 2012 election, Foster said, “The tax cuts were promised to generate job growth, but did not. If you follow the money, when you give a dollar to a very wealthy person, they won’t typically put it back into the local economy.” He said the tax benefits ended up in overseas accounts and spent on luxury purchases.[29]

Foster has opposed efforts to repeal the estate tax. On 31 August 2005, U.S. Newswire reported that Foster said, “The proponents of estate tax repeal are fond of calling it the ‘death tax’. It’s not a death tax, it’s a Rich Kids’ tax.” In 2009, just before the estate tax was scheduled for a one-year repeal, Foster voted to permanently extend the then current estate tax rate of 45%.

Card check

According to the official Thomas website, Foster co-sponsored the Employee Free Choice Act of 2009, which would enable unionization of small businesses of less that 50 employees. On 25 February 2012, the Daily Herald reported, “Foster pointed to his support for the Employee Free Choice Act while serving at the congressman in the 14th District as proof of his union support.”

Stimulus spending

Foster voted for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009[30]

Health care reform

Foster voted for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).[31] On June 29, 2012, the Chicago Tribune reported that Foster said of his vote for Obamacare, “I’m proud of my vote, and I would be proud to do it again.”

Dodd-Frank

He also voted for the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, with all ten of the amendments he proposed being added to the final bill.[32]

Environment

He voted against the American Clean Energy and Security Act, which would create a Cap and trade system.[33]

Second Amendment

Asked if the Second Amendment should be up for reinterpretation, Foster said, “It always has been up for reinterpretation. The technology changes, and the weapons thought to be too dangerous to be in private hands change. A civil war cannon is frankly much less dangerous than weapons we are allowed to carry on the streets in many of the states and cities in our country today. This is something where technology changes and public attitude changes and both are important in each of the generations.”[34]

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Past

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Electoral history

Illinois 14th Congressional District Special Democratic Primary, 2008[39]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Bill Foster 32,982 49.60
DemocraticJohn Laesch28,43342.76
DemocraticJotham Stein5,0827.64
Total votes66,497 100.0
Illinois 14th Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2008[40]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Bill Foster 32,410 42.47
DemocraticJohn Laesch32,01241.94
DemocraticJoe Serra6,0337.90
DemocraticJotham Stein5,8657.68
Total votes76,320 100.0
Illinois 14th Congressional District Special Election, 2008[41]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Bill Foster 52,205 52.53
RepublicanJim Oberweis47,18047.47
Total votes99,385 100.0
Illinois 14th Congressional District General Election, 2008[42]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Bill Foster (incumbent) 185,404 57.75
RepublicanJim Oberweis135,65342.25
Total votes321,057 100.0
Illinois 14th Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2010[43]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Bill Foster (incumbent) 25,446 100.0
DemocraticBobby G. Rose10.00
Total votes25,447 100.0
Illinois 14th Congressional District General Election, 2010[44]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Randall M. “Randy” Hultgren 112,369 51.31
DemocraticBill Foster (incumbent)98,64545.04
GreenDaniel J Kairis7,9493.63
Write-in votesDoug Marks500.02
Total votes219,013 100.0
Illinois 11th Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012[45]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Bill Foster 12,126 58.48
DemocraticJuan Thomas5,21225.13
DemocraticJim Hickey3,39916.39
Total votes20,737 100.0
Illinois 11th Congressional District General Election, 2012[46]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Bill Foster 148,928 58.57
RepublicanJudy Biggert (incumbent)105,34841.43
Write-in votesChris Michel190.01
Total votes254,295 100.0
Illinois 11th Congressional District General Election, 2014[47]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Bill Foster (incumbent) 93,436 53.46
RepublicanDarlene Senger81,33546.54
Write-in votesConstant “Connor” Vlakancic10.00
Total votes174,772 100.0
Illinois 11th Congressional District General Election, 2016[48]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Bill Foster (incumbent) 166,578 60.45
RepublicanTonia Khouri108,99539.55
Total votes275,573 100.0
Illinois 11th Congressional District General Election, 2018[49]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Bill Foster (incumbent) 145,407 63.84
RepublicanNick Stella82,35836.16
Total votes227,765 100.0
Illinois 11th Congressional District General Election, 2020[50]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Bill Foster (incumbent) 194,557 63.30
RepublicanRick Laib112,80736.70
Write-in votesJon Harlson13< 0.01
Total votes307,377 100.0

Personal life

Foster and his wife, Aesook Byon, live in Naperville, Illinois.[51][52] He has two adult children from his first marriage.[18]

References

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  3. ^ Foster, George William (1983). A Experimental Limit on Proton Decay: Proton —> Positron + Neutral Pion. Harvard University. Bibcode:1983PhDT……..48F.
  4. ^ Foster, G. William (May 12–16, 1997). “[4C.01] The Fermilab Permanent Magnet Antiproton Recycler Ring”. The 1997 Particle Accelerator Conference Meeting Program Vancouver BC, Canada. Fermilab. Archived from the original on July 18, 2003. Retrieved February 24, 2008.
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  47. ^ “Election Results 2014 GENERAL ELECTION”. Illinois State Board of Elections. Archived from the original on March 8, 2021. Retrieved October 25, 2019.
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  49. ^ “Election Results 2018 GENERAL ELECTION”. Illinois State Board of Elections. Archived from the original on January 16, 2021. Retrieved October 25, 2019.
  50. ^ “Election Results 2020 GENERAL ELECTION”. Illinois State Board of Elections.
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois’s 14th congressional district

2008–2011
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from Illinois’s 11th congressional district

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Bill Foster – IL11

Current Position: US Representative of IL District 11 since 2013
Affiliation: Democrat

Other Positions:
Chair, Committee on Financial Services, Task Force on Artificial Intelligence,
Chair, Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight

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Current Position: US Representative of IL District 12 since 2015
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position: State Delegate from 1995 – 2015

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Current Position: US Representative of IL District 13 since 2013
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position: Political staffer from 1994 – 2019

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Current Position: US Representative of IL District 14 since 2019
Affiliation: Democrat

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    In the wake of a new Texas law banning nearly all abortions in that state, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker and members of Illinois’ congressional delegation vowed to protect women’s rights while calling for a federal reproductive health law.

    “Nobody should be forced to cross state lines to see a doctor,” Pritzker said Tuesday. “The latest extremist attacks on reproductive health prove we need a federal law to protect a woman’s right to control their own health care.”

    In 2019, Pritzker signed the Reproductive Health Act into law. In addition to codifying the right to abortions and birth control in Illinois, the act takes references to abortions out of Illinois’ criminal code and requires insurers to cover the procedure.

    “We stand together again today because the dystopian reality we feared in 2019 is closer to reality today as radical Republican legislators across the country seek to functionally eradicate their constituents’ autonomy with no intervention from the nation’s highest court to be found,” Pritzker said.


    U.S. Rep. Bill Foster (IL-11th), who was an adolescent during the 1960s, said he knew women who had to fly across the country to access safe and legal abortion care. “This is reality, and we’re returning to a barbaric time in our country’s history,” he said.

    Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement on President Biden’s announcement of vaccine requirements for federal workers, federal contractors, and businesses with more than 100 employees:

    “A majority of Americans have been vaccinated and we are ready to put this pandemic behind us. However, we can only do that if the unvaccinated take responsibility and do the right thing to protect themselves, their families, and their communities. I fully support President Biden’s decision to require vaccination for federal workers and federal contractors, as well as mandating businesses with more than 100 employees ensure their workforce is fully vaccinated or institute weekly testing requirements. Not only will this help protect vaccinated workers at the workplace, it will help reduce the spread of COVID in communities large and small.

    “This is a critical moment in our battle against COVID, and thanks to the tireless work of scientists, we have the tools to win. The vaccines have proven to be safe and effective. They are free and easily accessible. They are our way out of this pandemic.”

  • Mike Bost – IL12 Mike Bost – IL12 Mike Bost

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today voted against House Democrats’ legislation to federalize state election laws, establish the Attorney General as an “elections czar,” and give the Biden Administration the authority to veto states’ voter ID laws.

    “Earlier this year, the Washington Democrats failed to get their federal election takeover signed into law, so they are trying once again,” said Bost. “The Supreme Court has ruled that the U.S. Constitution provides each state the right to regulate their own elections, not the federal government. This is a fundamental principle of federalism. We can all agree on the importance of ensuring the integrity of our elections, but what House Democrats want is to nationalize our state and local elections and give unelected Washington bureaucrats power over state election laws.”

  • Lauren Underwood- IL14 Lauren Underwood- IL14 Lauren Underwood

    WASHINGTON—This week, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood’s (IL-14) legislation to make a historic investment in the U.S. nursing workforce passed out of the Energy and Commerce Committee. The Future Advancement of Academic Nursing (FAAN) Act (H.R. 851) has advanced as part of the Build Back Better Act and would address the crisis of nurse staffing shortages that has impacted communities across the United States throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Underwood’s legislation would make a $1 billion investment in schools of nursing to bolster nursing education and address current and future nursing shortages.

    “Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, America has seen how critical nurses are to our communities—providing excellent clinical care, conducting important research, and carrying out public health initiatives that keep families safe and healthy. But we also know that America has under-invested in our nursing workforce for far too long,” said Rep. Underwood. “As a registered nurse, I’m proud to be the lead sponsor of the FAAN Act, which makes the investments that will be needed to meet the need for nurses during this pandemic and beyond. I thank Chairman Pallone for prioritizing my legislation and I look forward to working with Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, Senator Jeff Merkley, and other nursing champions in Congress to get this critical legislation in the Build Back Better Act passed and signed into law.”

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    WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Mary Miller (IL-15) introduced the House companion bill to Senator Mike Braun’s (R-IN) Define WOTUS Act of 2021. This bill was introduced by Congresswoman Miller to prevent President Biden’s radical cabinet secretaries from telling farmers and ranchers how to use and regulate their own land.

    During the Obama Administration, the definition of “Waters of the United States” was altered, which trampled on the property rights of farmers, ranchers, and landowners in rural America.

    President Trump’s Navigable Waters Protection Rule provided long-overdue certainty and clarity for landowners affected by the scope of WOTUS’s jurisdiction.

    “The Obama Administration vastly expanded the scope and power of the federal government in order to regulate and punish rural America,” Miller said. “This bill keeps unelected Washington bureaucrats off our farms and sends a clear message to the radical leftists in the Biden Administration that we will not allow them to trample on our rights.”

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    What’s next for Adam Kinzinger?
    WILL, The 21st ShowNovember 3, 2021

    Last week, Illinois Congressman Adam Kinzinger came out with a video announcing he would not be seeking re-election. There’s been speculation about him possibly running for governor or the US Senate here in Illinois — both of which would be uphill climbs just to win the primary. We talked about what the future might hold for Kinzinger with former leading conservative radio host and current editor-at-large of “The Bulwark.”

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    Charlie Sykes

    Founder and Editor-at-large, The Bulwark | Host, The Bulwark Podcast | Contributor, MSNBC | Author • “How the Right Lost Its Mind” (2017)

    Kinzinger Letter Asks Full Scope of Afghanistan Evacuation
    kinzinger.house.gov, Press ReleaseSeptember 1, 2021

    WASHINGTON, DC – Following the announcement that the last U.S. troops had officially left Afghanistan, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) sent a letter to Secretary of State, Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin to inquire about the evacuation process, the status of those left behind, and the plan moving forward.

    While I commend the administration for saving thousands of lives, I believe more could have been done to prevent the tragic loss of life on August 26, 2021 and to better prepare for the chaos that ensued this last week. And I’m looking to our Secretaries of State and Defense to get to those answers,” said Congressman Kinzinger“Our military community stepped up in a way many can hardly grasp right now, but I am incredibly proud of the men and women who have served this mission and all those that risked life and limb to defend this nation and save the lives of our allies. This effort is not over and nor should it be. We can never give up until our fellow Americans and our allies are safe.”

    The full text of the letter is available below and a signed copy can be found attached and on the Congressman’s website here.

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    Bustos Named Democracy Awards Winner for Exceptional Constituent Services
    bustos.house.gov, Press ReleaseAugust 16, 2021

    WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL) was named the winner for the Congressional Management Foundation’s (CMF) highly competitive and distinguished Democracy Awards in the constituent service category. The award recognizes Congresswoman Bustos for excellence in the way her office interacts with, assists and serves residents of Illinois’ 17th Congressional District. This distinction ranks Congresswoman Bustos’ office as the top Democratic office in Congress – which includes both the House and Senate.

    “Every morning, my staff and I show up to work motivated by the belief that government should work for the people,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “It’s this mentality that drives every aspect of our operation, especially constituent services. As our country faces the impact of COVID-19, our team is focused on helping the people of Northwest and Central Illinois navigate the vital resources they need and rebuild our economy. I’m honored to have our team recognized in this critical service and proud of what our office is able to accomplish for Illinoisans every day.”

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    LaHood Supports the Introduction of the Next Generation Fuels Act
    lahood.house.gov, Press ReleaseAugust 31, 2021

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman Darin LaHood (IL-18) joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers supporting the introduction of the Next Generation Fuels Act of 2021, legislation that establishes a high-octane, low-carbon fuel standard that would reduce greenhouse gas emissions, enable greater engine efficiency, and encourage competition. The legislation also addresses regulatory impediments that have slowed the commercialization of these fuels and the vehicles that utilize them.

    “Biofuels, particularly ethanol, continue to be a vital market for our corn farmers in central and west-central Illinois. Rural communities across the Midwest have seen the benefits of increased ethanol production through expanded job opportunities and increased markets to sell their products,” stated Rep. LaHood. “I am proud to support the Next Generation Fuels Act, which will build off the success of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to provide cleaner more efficient energy solutions while supporting Illinois agriculture producers.”

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