WASHINGTON — — Democratic Rep. William Enyart, a retired general from southern Illinois, said Thursday from the House floor that his wife had gotten a call from one of her best friends, a woman he said was angry, disappointed and frightened.
Naperville, IL – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) hosted an event on the science of opioid and heroin addiction. He was joined by a panel of experts in addiction science and treatment.
Chicago, IL – On Monday, the Science Coalition and leading research universities in Illinois and Wisconsin presented Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) with the 2016 Champion of Science Award.
Bolingbrook, IL – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11) toured the IKEA store in Bolingbrook, Illinois. IKEA, the popular furniture company, pays its employees well above the federal minimum wage.
Washington, DC - Last week, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) introduced H.R. 5835, the Fair Distribution of Affordable Housing Funds Act of 2016, to reform the funding formula for affordable housing.
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) announced that his legislation to designate the U.S. Post Office facility located at 525 N. Broadway in Aurora, Illinois, as the Kenneth M. Christy Post Office Building has been passed by both Houses of Congress.
Aurora, IL – Last night, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) hosted a telephone town hall discussion about the public health crisis posed by gun violence in America, as well as what Congress can do right now to reduce gun violence in communities across the country.
"I applaud the Illinois lawmakers who passed a stopgap budget that will fund state operations through the end of the year and ensure schools will open this fall. The year-long budget impasse has taken a toll on our state and has adversely affected health and social services.
''Today, I joined colleagues, community leaders, and advocates at a press conference in Chicago to demand immediate action to address the gun violence that plagues too many communities in Illinois and across the country.
“I joined my colleagues for a sit-in on the House floor to demand that Speaker Ryan and House Republicans allow a vote on legislation to address gun violence. In the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in American history, we've reached a moment of truth for our nation. As a scientist, I always look at the facts, and gun violence is a public health crisis. It is time we act to stop it.
Aurora, IL – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) announced that $350,000 in grant funding from the Department of Health and Human Services will be awarded to VNA Healthcare in Aurora for the expansion of their oral health services.
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U.S. Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL, 11) kept his word and donated the pay he earned during the government shutdown to the Northern Illinois Food Bank on Friday.
The numbers are grim: 71 overdose deaths in DuPage and Will counties so far this year. Last year, Kane County tallied 27 heroin fatalities. Fifty percent of all addicts are doomed to die from their dependency.
Still, there is reason for hope.
Vicki Foley can trace her son Chris' drug use back to junior high, when he started smoking cigarettes.
The cigarettes led to marijuana and the marijuana eventually led to heroin.
The heroin led to his death.
"Heroin took his life," Foley said of the 27-year-old. "And it left a big hole in ours."
Inaction on immigration reform will have negative consequences for the mostly white, male-dominated Republican Party during next year’s election, according to a group of protesters who vowed Saturday to vote Illinois’ GOP congressional delegates out of office if they do not work towards passing legislation that would overhaul the nation’s broken immigration system.
Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner is one of 21 elected heads of larger Illinois municipalities who recently wrote to the state’s congressional delegation in Washington imploring members to overhaul immigration laws as a way to repair and boost the economy.
ICE has worked to develop and implement some critical improvements to the system, though additional reforms remain needed.
(CBS) – Suburban Congressman Bill Foster (D-Ill.) says the budget impasse on Capitol Hill could be resolved easily at this point, and with a debt crisis coming, it should be.
WASHINGTON — Two House Democrats are going after the congressional dumbbells.
Reps. Patrick Murphy of Florida and Bill Foster of Illinois demanded Wednesday the shutdown of the House gym, which has stayed open even while much of the federal government has closed.