Congressman Bill Foster

Representing the 11th District of Illinois


Latest News

Mar 22, 2016 Press Release

Aurora, IL – On Friday in Aurora, Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11) toured the Dunlee Manufacturing Facility, a division of Philips, to learn more about how the Manufacturing Careers Internship Program is helping to get young people interested and involved in manufacturing career opportunities.

Mar 3, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) introduced the Advancing Standards in Regenerative Medicine Act to help foster innovation in regenerative medicine, a burgeoning field that holds potential for more targeted medical treatments for chronic and life-threatening diseases.

Mar 3, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, the House passed H.R. 1471, the FEMA Disaster Assistance Reform Act of 2015, legislation that would help to close the Payer State gap by giving Illinois communities a fair shot at securing federal disaster funding.  Currently, federal disaster declarations are issued based on a calculation using a state’s population.

Feb 24, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11) spoke at a hearing of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee titled Unlocking the Secrets of the Universe: Gravitational Waves.

Feb 11, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC – On Tuesday, February 9, 2016, Congressman Bill Foster spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives to recognize the life and contributions of Dr. St. Elmo Brady, the first African American to earn a Ph.D. in chemistry.

Video of Foster’s speech can be found here.

Feb 11, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster applauded the emphasis on science, transportation and infrastructure, and substance abuse treatment funding in President Obama’s FY2017 Budget, singling out the new construction start for the Long Baseline Neutrino Facility at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.

Feb 8, 2016 Press Release

 Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) and 34 Members of Congress wrote President Obama to request robust funding for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the organization that is responsible for ensuring that Iran fulfills its commitments as outlined in the recently negotiated nuclear agreement.

Feb 8, 2016 Press Release

Joliet, IL – Today, Congressman Bill Foster brought together community leaders to discuss the ongoing fight against the opioid epidemic happening throughout the Eleventh Congressional District and the country.

Feb 4, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC— Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11) spoke on the House floor about President Obama’s challenge to find a “moonshot” to cure cancer. Foster argues that the moonshot is achievable, but only because of many years and millions of dollars of investment in federal research and development.


In The News

Sep 2, 2013 In The News

WASHINGTON — The only retired general in Congress, House Democrat Bill Enyart of Belleville, who attended a classified briefing Sunday on potential military strikes against Syria, said the challenge facing the U.S. was to choose “the least bad of our alternatives.”

Aug 31, 2013 In The News

Remember those kids you went to school with who were so smart you knew they’d wind up being scientists or engineers?

Two of them are now representing the Joliet area in Congress. U.S. Reps. Bill Foster (D-11th) and Dan Lipinski (D-3rd) have impressive science pedigrees.

Aug 29, 2013 In The News

The 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech was celebrated Wednesday afternoon at Aurora University by having students and guests experience the famous address in a way that mirrored how it was delivered five decades ago.

Aug 25, 2013 In The News

One Illinois Democrat says immigration reform isn’t just a moral issue-it’s good for business.  U.S. Rep. Bill Foster (D-Naperville) is appealing to business leaders to get behind comprehensive immigration reform, claiming passing the current Senate bill would increase the gross domestic product and reduce the national debt.

Aug 21, 2013 In The News

Illinois business representatives were able to schmooze Wednesday with scientists and researchers from Argonne and Fermi national laboratories during a first-of-its-kind small-business fair.

Aug 14, 2013 In The News

Will County officials had a chance to showcase some new technology while at the same time talk about the need for better training programs aimed at preparing people for manufacturing jobs of the future.

Aug 7, 2013 In The News

AURORA — At a forum at an Aurora church Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and U.S. Rep. Bill Foster (D-Naperville) urged the U.S. House of Representatives to vote on legislation that would overhaul the nation’s immigration system.

The plan would include a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million immigrants who entered the country illegally.

Aug 7, 2013 In The News

Hailing it as what may be the best shot at meaningful immigration reform in their political careers, Sen. Dick Durbin and Rep. Bill Foster Tuesday teamed up with local Aurora business and community leaders to trumpet a bill recently passed by the Senate.

Aug 6, 2013 In The News

It’s not so out-of-reach to think the next generation of entrepreneurs and innovators could get their inspiration from inside a modest looking mobile unit or workshop called a “Fab Lab.”