March 30, 2023


Cain leads Thrower by a percentage point in close race for 66th House District

The Republican candidates for the 66th Illinois House District are Connie Cain of Gilberts and Arin Thrower of West Dundee. The winner of the June primary will go on to the November election, against state Rep. Suzanne Ness, D-Crystal Lake, who currently represents the district.

Following Tuesday’s primary election, the latest unofficial vote totals for the 66th House District show a very close race, where Connie Cain is currently ahead of Arin Thrower as they vie for the chance to face incumbent state Rep. Suzanne Ness, D-Crystal Lake, in November.

As of 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, just 64 votes and less than a percentage point separated the two candidates, with The Associated Press estimating about 95% of the vote had been counted. Cain had 3,403 votes to Thrower’s 3,339.

Cain said Wednesday she didn’t want to comment on the results since they weren’t final but she was “excited” about the opportunity to be the next representative for the 66th District.

“I am humbled by the support and I am grateful for everyone that came out,” Cain said. “I am appreciative of the positive issue-oriented campaign that both Arin and I have run.”

The Thrower campaign had not released a statement regarding the primary as of Wednesday evening, and attempts to reach her Wednesday were not successful.

The new Illinois House District 66 includes parts of Kane and McHenry counties and runs through Algonquin, Carpentersville, Crystal Lake, East Dundee, West Dundee, Elgin and Sleepy Hollow.

Thrower is currently the Dundee Township supervisor, and Cain, a longtime accountant living in Gilberts, said she had been active with the Lincoln Lobby, an offshoot of the Illinois Policy Institute, which focuses on government accountability on economic issues.

Both Cain and Thrower said they were motivated to run to reinstate the parental notification law that was ended last year, which previously had required doctors to notify parents of a minor seeking an abortion.

The district was redrawn for this year as part of the state’s redistricting process.

The new 66th House District includes parts of Crystal Lake, Algonquin, Carpentersville, East Dundee, West Dundee and Sleepy Hollow, and is almost aligned north-south with Randall Road, going as far south as Elgin.

Aaron Dorman

Aaron Dorman

Medill graduate and upstate-NY native now covering Crystal Lake and surrounding towns and cities.