Foster wins Hastert’s seat.

Bill Foster — a Democratic candidate who is a physicist — defeated Republican dairy owner Jim Oberweis in a special election to claim the Illinois congressional seat of former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R). During a recent TV appearance, Foster said he would be a ”good vote in Congress to change President Bush’s policy” on Iraq. Oberweis contended the troop surge there was working, saying: ”Things are getting better in Iraq.”