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Skillicorn wins Republican nomination, Ness wins Democratic bid for 66th House Representative seat

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Suzanne Ness won the Democratic nomination for Illinois House District 66, meaning she will take on current state Rep. Allen Skillicorn in November’s general election, according to the unofficial results of Tuesday’s primary election.

As of 10 p.m. Tuesday, with 70 of 71 precincts in McHenry and Kane County reporting, Ness had 5,125 votes compared with challenger Carpentersville Trustee Jim Malone’s 1,608 votes. Skillicorn beat McHenry County Board member Carolyn Schofield with 3,114 votes in both counties. Schofield received 1,310 votes.

As of 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, with 97.83% of McHenry County precincts reporting, Skillicorn received 1,885 votes over Schofield’s 871.

In McHenry County, Ness received 78% of the vote, versus Malone’s 21%, with 45 of 46 precincts reporting.

In a statement sent Tuesday night, Skillicorn thanked the voters for a “strong landslide victory,” and took another shot at his opponent, Schofield, calling her views out of step with the Republican Party platform.

Skillicorn has been representing the 66th House District since Jan. 11, 2017, and currently lives in East Dundee, according to his website.

He said on his website that, in his second term, his top priorities serving in the House of Representatives continues to be pension reform and tax relief.

Ness has served on the McHenry County Board since 2018, according to her website.

Ness said she is honored to be the Democratic nominee.

“We knocked on so many doors, and heard from a lot of people about what they’re worried about, what they want to know and what they really want from government [and] from their leadership,” Ness said. “I want to make sure we really listen to [those people] and bring those issues forward. I’m looking forward to being able to have more of those conversations.”

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