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Long before I was a businessman or a physicist, I was a curious kid. I was always taking things apart to see how they worked, or trying to make something new. It was this curiosity combined with the excellent education I received from public schools and universities that led me to start a business with my brother and to later pursue a career as a physicist. As our economy becomes increasingly STEM-based, it has never been more important to ensure our students are getting the education and training they will need to thrive. I support the right of every young person to have access to a high quality, affordable education that does not leave students with crippling debt. A good education is the key to future economic success. That’s why I support the use of public funds for public education. Every student in this country should have the resources they need to succeed regardless of their zip code.

My Work on Education

Nov 19, 2017 In The News

Ending a tax deduction for interest paid on student loans. Raising taxes for more than 100,000 graduate students who receive tuition waivers. Imposing a levy on endowments at certain private colleges and universities.

These actions are anathema to higher education leaders across the country. Yet they all appear in the House-approved Republican tax overhaul, evidence of a growing disconnect between large segments of the GOP and colleges that, for generations, have wielded enormous clout on Capitol Hill.

Nov 15, 2017 In The News

JOLIET - Rep. Bill Foster, D-Naperville, announced Tuesday that Joliet Junior College was awarded a National Science Foundation grant worth $649,901, according to a press release from Foster's office.

The money will go to the Supporting Science Students through Scholarships, Academic and Social Activities and Reflective Journaling project, a program designed to address the ever-increasing need in Illinois and surrounding areas for highly qualified professionals in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

Nov 14, 2017 Press Release

JOLIET, IL – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) announced that Joliet Junior College has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant in the amount of $649,901.

Nov 9, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL), Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), and Congressman Mark Takano (D-CA) introduced the bipartisan GI Education Benefits Fairness Act. This legislation would align definitions of an eligible child in the Veterans Administration and Department of Defense for the purposes of the education benefit transfer.

Sep 13, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) introduced the bipartisan Smarter EPSCoR Act to ensure research dollars are distributed in an equitable manner.  Congressman Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) is also an original cosponsor of the bill. The legislation would correct the formula that determines eligibility for EPSCoR program funding so that it is based on a per-capita basis instead of a per-state basis. This change would give priority to researchers in states that are genuinely under-represented in NSF research grants regardless of the state’s population.

Aug 31, 2017 In The News

For Metea Valley High School Principal Darrell Echols, true diversity is something that schools still need to keep working on.

At an event at Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora Wednesday that focused on diversity, Echols shared a story that shows how far society needs to go to truly embrace differences among people.

Echols said his grandson came home from school following the November presidential election and said that a student had told him to "go back to Mexico."

That type of behavior isn't unusual, U.S. Rep. Bill Foster (D-Naperville) said.

Jul 14, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) reintroduced legislation to change penalties students face when convicted of minor marijuana offenses. The Second Chance for Students Act would allow students convicted of an offense involving the possession of marijuana to retain financial aid eligibility for six months while they complete a drug rehabilitation program. Under current policy, students convicted of drug offenses lose eligibility for federal financial aid for a period of time.

Jun 13, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) announced that East Aurora School District 131 has been awarded a Farm to School grant through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This annual grant program provides funding to support the use of locally produced food in schools.

May 23, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - This budget is a demonstration of contempt for hard-working families and a devastating blow to the United States’ position as a leader in science and innovation. It reveals the empty promises that the Trump Administration and Republicans in Congress made to Americans to make our country great again. Instead of working to improve the lives of Americans, this budget will completely devastate programs on which so many rely and put our children’s future at risk. 

Mar 23, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – I am pleased to announce that the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Joliet will receive over $2.3 million in grant funding from the Department of Health and Human Services. This funding will allow the organization’s Head Start and Early Head Start programs to continue. These programs are vital for so many children in Joliet so they have an opportunity to access educational resources early in their lives.