Illinois congressman Bill Foster faces re-election challenge in newly drawn district: Hinz – Crain’s Chicago Business

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The physicist involved is Bill Foster, a Geneva Democrat who quite rightly is not taking anything for granted. More so than most of his colleagues in the state’s congressional delegation, Foster has to walk a tricky line this campaign season, and though the odds probably are with him, nothing is guaranteed.

Foster is in a potential semi-pickle in part because Democratic Party leaders got greedy earlier this year. In hopes of shoring up neighboring suburban Democrat Lauren Underwood and creating a second district for Latinos on the north side of the metropolitan area, Foster’s old district was dismembered in the remap. Joliet and parts of Naperville and Aurora were taken out and the new district was moved so far west, all the way to Belvidere, that Foster prizes an endorsement that he just got from the Illinois Farm Bureau. A district that was majority minority now is heavily white.

On top of that, Foster now faces a national Republican headwind that seems to have gained strength in recent weeks. And running against him is a connected Republican nominee in Catalina Lauf, who all of a sudden is picking up wads of big out-of-state campaign cash, with the Club for Growth spending $471,000 (so far) in ads slamming Foster, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz raising more than $100,000 for her.

Lauf, 29, is a former campaign aide to Gov. Bruce Rauner and served as a special adviser to the Trump Department of Commerce. She’s a daughter of an immigrant from Guatemala, and she says on her website that the district needs “an independent voice to bring back common-sense thinking, support pro-growth, free-market solutions and to preserve America’s promise and our bright future.”

I wish I could tell you more, but Lauf and her campaign aren’t talking. She didn’t complete the Daily Herald’s candidate questionnaire, and her campaign failed to respond to a good dozen requests for comment from me, some of them submitted via the Illinois Republican Party and the National Republican Congressional Committee, the House GOP’s campaign arm. If we had talked, I would have asked her about Cruz tweeting that she and other Latina congressional candidates this fall are a bunch of “spicy tacos.”

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October 24, 2022 at 06:20AM

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