CRYSTAL LAKE – Allen Skillicorn has won the 66th Illinois House District seat previously held by Mike Tryon, according to unofficial vote totals with all precincts reporting.
Skillicorn held the lead over Democratic challenger Nancy Zettler by almost 6,000 votes. As of 12:15 a.m., Skillicorn had 18,876 unofficial votes to Zettler’s 12,946.
The 66th District includes parts of southeastern McHenry and northern Kane counties, including parts of Crystal Lake, Lakewood, Lake in the Hills, Huntley, Algonquin and Carpentersville. If official results are in line with preliminary numbers, Skillicorn will succeed Tryon, who is retiring.
Skillicorn said he wants to reduce taxes and reform state government while improving the business climate for middle-income workers. An East Dundee trustee, Skillicorn points to a property tax freeze resolution implemented and passed under his term in village government.
“I’m interested in serving those in need and protecting working-class families. We can move Springfield forward in two ways: First, by bringing bipartisan balance back to the Legislature,” he said in a previous statement to the Northwest Herald. “Second, Springfield needs new, independent leadership that is focused on serving our interests, not protecting their own power.”
Zettler, an Algonquin attorney, said she has run on a grass-roots campaign and would have remained independent in order to work as a bipartisan on issues that affect the people of District 66.