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posted: 10/9/2012 5:00 AM

Endorsement: Biggert over Foster in Dist. 11 Congress

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Experience is but a fine distinction in the race for Congress from the 11th District. Both Republican Judy Biggert, of Hinsdale, an incumbent from the former 13th District, and Democrat Bill Foster, of Naperville, who lost his seat in the former 14th in 2010, have notable and respectable experience in Washington. Enough so, in fact, that both can legitimately be described as fiscally responsible, moderate thinkers willing to split from their parties' positions when they believe it necessary -- even in high-profile cases (Biggert on transportation funding, Foster on cap-and-trade, for instance). Moreover, at various times, we've supported both candidates for election in the past, so precedent alone cannot be a factor in selecting one for endorsement. The fact is both candidates offer much to like. Ultimately, though, we side with Biggert in this contest. She can point to specific instances of successful, truly bipartisan leadership, and, although perhaps not in every detail, her emphasis on spending restraint reflects concerns that we share. In the health care debate that is sure to come regardless of who wins the presidency, she has reservations about the present course but clear ideas about how to refine or replace important federal policies. Foster, too, is strong on many similar points, but we favor Biggert as the candidate best suited to protect and promote suburban interests and best positioned to help the coming Congress move forward.

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