Biggert admits defeat

By The Columbia Chronicle

After conceding defeat in the 11th Congressional District, Judy Biggert admitted defeat to Bill Foster after a hard-fought campaign that saw hundreds of millions of dollars in negative attack ads and super PAC contributions.

According to Illinois Sen. Kurt Dillard, Biggert ran one of the classiest campaigns in Illinois history.

“Sometimes the map wins,” Dillard said. “We can be immensely proud of our friend and congresswoman. I have seen her at the local, state and federal level, and she is a tremendous and energetic public servant. She is a complete class act.”

Biggert said the race was a long and tiresome competition. She called Foster and congratulated him on his victory, and wished him every success in the challenging weeks ahead.

“Representing the people of this area has been a great honor,” Biggert said. “I cant thank everyone enough for their kindness and generosity. We have done great things for people who haven’t made the headlines.”

Biggert noted that during her time in office she helped the homeless and improved education policies.

But she argued the race for the 11th District should not have happened. After redistricting by Democrats in Springfield, she was forced into an uphill battle, she said.

“They thought I would shy away from a tough race,” Biggert said. “We turned what was supposed to be a Democrat landslide into a drawn out, down to the wire battle. I don’t regret running at all.”

Biggert urged Foster moving forward to reach across party lines to improve the relationship between Democrats and Republicans.

As for her future in politics, Biggert is uncertain what she will pursue following her defeat.