Chicago Tribune Endorses Connie Cain over Erin Thrower for GOP State Rep. Nomination to Run against Suzanne Ness

From the Chicago Tribuen:

District 66

In the GOP primary for this district that encompasses parts of Kane and McHenry counties, both candidates, Connie Cain of Gilberts and Arin Thrower of West Dundee, stick to the Republican Party playbook when it comes to national issues.

They’re both anti-abortion and pro-gun rights.

But this is a state legislative race, and on Illinois issues, one candidate’s agenda stands out.

Connie Cain

Connie Cain’s views sound like a blueprint for the kind of change Illinois needs.

As we do, she thinks the state’s severe pension crisis is a top priority, and she adamantly supports asking voters to amend the state constitution to allow a reduction in future benefit growth to affordable levels while keeping current benefits untouched.

She’s also right when she says consolidating school districts can cut down administrative costs and create savings for taxpayers.

She believes in school choice and making Illinois a “right-to-work” state.

She also believes reform at DCFS starts with firing agency director Marc Smith, who has been cited for contempt of court numerous times for failing to appropriately place children in the agency’s care in the proper setting.

But there’s a hitch.

At a League of Women Voters forum in late May in Carpentersville, she sounded uncomfortable speaking publicly.

She didn’t come across nearly as polished as Thrower, a former television reporter for an ABC affiliate in Michigan, and currently the Dundee Township supervisor.

Thrower’s better on the podium, but Cain’s understanding of what Illinois needs to do to fix its finances is stronger.

It’s a tough decision for us, but our endorsement goes to Cain.

The winner faces Democratic incumbent Suzanne Ness of Crystal Lake.


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