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Bill Foster Wins 11th District Congressional Race

Naperville resident beats Judy Biggert, returns to Congress

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Democrat Bill Foster speaks to supporters at the Bolingbrook Holiday Inn after defeating Judy Biggert to represent Illinois' 11th Congressional District.

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Judy Biggert Concession Speech

Longtime Republican Congresswoman Judy Biggert speaks to supporters at the Hilton Lisle in Naperville after losing the race for Illinois' 11th Congressional seat to Bill Foster.
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Democrat Bill Foster overcame a nasty political season, filled with personal attacks and vicious ads Tuesday in a hotly-contested race against Judy Biggert for Illinois' 11th Congressional District.

As of midnight, and with 96 percent of precincts reporting, Foster had captured 58 percent of the vote.

"Wow, what a night," he told supporters at the Bolingbrook Holiday Inn.

Biggert and Foster used to served together in Congress, but were thrown into the race due to redistricting and the elimination of Biggert's 14th district.

The campaign got extremely personal at times with the Biggert campaign accusing Foster of using his position as a congressman to escape financial doom. 

"Despite everything that gets said in the campaign trail, Congresswoman Biggert has always demonstrated a real commitment to public service, serving in a political party that cannot always have been comfortable for her," he said, drawing laughter.

The political foes were the wealthiest members of the Illinois delegation when they served together in Congress, and much of this campaign was spent attacking each other for being greedy -- Foster because he allegedly profited from the Wall Street collapse and Biggert because she voted for congressional pay raises.

Foster said money had contaminated politics, and said he sensed both he and Biggert were "forced into an increasingly ugly world ... a world that we were both deeply uncomfortable with."

Foster, a physicist, businessman and Naperville resident, has been riding political waves since 2008, when he twice defeated unelectable Republican Jim Oberweis in elections for former House Speaker Dennis Hastert’s seat. Foster lost the seat to Randy Hultgren in the Republican wave of 2010, but the newly-drawn district provided his path back to Congress.

The 11th Congressional District, which includes parts of DuPage, Kane, Kendall and Will counties.

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