Rep. Scott Drury

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An appellate court has ruled that Democratic attorney general candidate Scott Drury can remain on ballots for the March 20 primary.

The court ruled Friday. A judge had previously determined that the state legislator running for statewide office couldn't be on the ballot over paperwork issues. Drury immediately appealed.

The case is one reason that early voting has been delayed in parts of the state with election officials awaiting a final decision before they print ballots. 

Ballot Objection Delays Early Voting In Rockford

Feb 7, 2018
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The Rockford Board of Elections is postponing early voting for the March 20th primary election.

This comes after an objection for State Representative Scott Drury’s attorney general bid. The case hinges on whether the Highwood Democrat properly filed a statement of economic interest.

Stacey Bixby is executive director of the Rockford Board of Elections.

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A judge says attorney general candidate Scott Drury's name can remain on ballots for the March 20 primary while a decision to remove his name from the ballot is being appealed.

 

A stay was granted Monday after a Cook County judge determined Friday that the Democratic legislator couldn't be on the ballot over paperwork issues. Drury immediately appealed on an expedited basis.

The case is one reason that early voting is being delayed around the Chicago area.

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Democratic gubernatorial hopeful J.B. Pritzker  was selected to be first on the March primary ballot among the seven candidates running.

The State Board of Elections held a lottery on Wednesday to determine ballot position.  Those in line with nominating petitions on the first day of filing were entered into the lottery. Some studies suggest a candidate’s position on the ballot could earn them extra votes. In  tight primaries, that could mean winning the nomination.

State Representative Scott Drury says the Democratic Party in Illinois is behind the times and he blames that on House Speaker Michael Madigan, the party chairman.

Drury said legislative leaders like Madigan should be term limited and should not have second jobs.

He compared Madigan to a literary villain Who-Must-Not-Be-Named while speaking - fittingly - at a Chicago Public Library.

“It’s almost as if there is a Voldemort in the State of Illinois,” Drury said. “And no one wants to use his name. And if you can’t use his name, how are you going to fix the problem?"

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