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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Friday, June 25, 2021

State’s Attorney Files Charges Against Wheaton Woman Alleging Voter Fraud

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin announced that on June 21, 2021, his office filed multiple charges related to election fraud in the 2021 municipal election against Susan Cain, 64 (d.o.b. 6/14/1957) of the 1600 block of N. Stoddard, Wheaton. The charges are the result of investigations conducted by the State’s Attorney’s Office into more than thirty cases of alleged election fraud since the November 2020 general election. While most of those cases have been closed without charges, the charges against Ms. Cain represent the sixth active case.

“I commend DuPage County Clerk Jean Kaczmarek and her staff for their efforts in uncovering these alleged violations and bringing them to our attention,” Berlin said.

On June 21, 2021, Judge Michael Fleming issued a $1,000 personal recognizance arrest warrant for Cain. Two days later, Cain turned herself in at the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office and was released from custody. She has been charged with three counts of Forgery and four counts of Perjury in Election Code, all Class 3 Felonies.

It is alleged that on four occasions, Cain completed an online application to vote by mail using the name of another DuPage County resident. It is further alleged that on three occasions, Cain signed the names of three of those residents on the ballot envelope prior to the ballots being mailed. Cain’s alleged actions were discovered by the DuPage County Clerk’s Office who turned their finding over to the State’s Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

“Fair and free elections are the bedrock of a functioning democracy,” Berlin continued. “While the six cases charged represent an extremely small fraction of all votes cast, to ensure the integrity of the election process, it is important that we investigate anyone suspected with interfering in our elections and file charges where appropriate. In addition to the Clerk’s Office, I would also like to thank Deputy Chief Investigator Dave Zdan, Investigators Greg Klebba, John McAnally, and Nick Liberio as well as Assistant State’s Attorney Katharine Klosowski for their working in protecting the integrity of the election process.” 

Cain’s next court appearance is scheduled for July 26, 2021, in front of Judge Brian Telander.