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Balkema to announce Congressional bid

Published: Friday, Sept. 6, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Grundy County Board member Chris Balkema on Tuesday is set to announce that he is running for Congress in the 11th Congressional District, a seat now held by U.S. Rep. Bill Foster.

Balkema will make an announcement at 9:45 a.m. at Superior Asphalt, a division of Geneva Construction, 216 Butterfield Road, North Aurora, according to a news release. Balkema is also a manager at Caterpillar.

Balkema faces Republican challengers in the March 18 primary election from conservative talk show host Ian Bayne of Aurora and State Rep. Darlene Senger, R-Naperville.

The 11th District includes North Aurora, Aurora, Naperville, Lisle and Joliet. Foster has held the seat since November after defeating former U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert. From 2008 to 2011, Foster represented Illinois’ 14th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Foster was defeated in November 2010 by then-state Sen. Randy Hultgren, R-Winfield.

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