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Congressional insider to speak at Batavia library

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  • Bill Foster

    Bill Foster


Submitted by Batavia Public Library

"An Insider's View of Congress" featuring former U.S. Rep. Bill Foster will be presented at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, at the Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave. Foster's talk kicks off the library's 2011-2012 season of its New Lyceum Lecture Series.

Foster will describe what it is like to be a member of Congress, including a typical day of a representative in Washington and back home in Illinois. He will discuss both the rewarding and the disappointing aspects of the job, how a Congressional office functions to serve constituents, and how members of Congress are influenced by citizens, party leadership, and outside organizations.

A Batavia resident, Foster is a businessman and scientist who worked at Fermi National Laboratory for more than 20 years. He holds a Ph.D. in physics from Harvard University.

The 2011-2012 season of the New Lyceum Lecture Series is sponsored by the Batavia Public Library Foundation. The library foundation was a co-organizer and sponsor of Batavia's Bulldogs Unleashed this summer and is host of the upcoming third annual Library Links Oct. 23.

This New Lyceum Lecture Series program is presented by the Batavia Public Library and is co-sponsored by the Batavia Historical Society. The lecture is free; however, registration is required. Call (630) 879-1393 and select option 2, or register online at