The Daily Herald unequivocally endorsed Bill Foster today in the IL-14 primaries:

Of the two primary competitions, this is the easier for us to call. Fermilab physicist and Geneva businessman Bill Foster gets the nod over carpenter John Laesch of Yorkville, who gave Hastert a good run last election.

Foster touts his scientific and business background, which we believe gives him a leg up to deal with the complex problems faced today. He emphasizes border control and employer verification to fight illegal immigration, prefers good science over popular theory on energy issues, believes health care solutions should be driven by data and not ideology, and would push for better trade enforcement. His studied approach is real plus in an age of extremes.

The Herald‘s nod to Jim Oberweis on the GOP side is not nearly as emphatic.

This latest endorsement of Foster follows those of The Chicago Tribune, DeKalb Daily Chronicle, Kane County Chronicle, and Chicago Sun Times.

Foster also has non-publication supporters. Locally, he’s received endorsements from DeKalb County Board members John Hulseberg and Robert Rosemier along with DeKalb County State’s Attorney Ron Matekaitis. Organizations that support Foster include two unions, SEIU and AFSCME (Laesch got AFL-CIO); and in what is probably a unique situation, more than two dozen Nobel Prize winners have endorsed him as well. If so inclined, click the above link to see more and/or to add your name, too.

Other campaign news: Jotham Stein is the first to file his 4th-quarter campaign finance numbers with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) today. The campaigns have until the end of the month, but those with good showings will put them out earlier in hopes of garnering additional support before the February 5 primaries. Speaking of support, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) appears poised to assist the winner of the special primary.


The Sun-Times endorsement was accompanied by caricatures of Foster and Oberweis. This is the first one of Foster, I’m told. I think Obie should be riding a cow, don’t you?