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How would contenders for the state's top legal office have handled the budget stalemate?

One of the limitations of modern political debates is that candidates are usually only asked what they'll do. But in this era of political dysfunction and governmental obstruction, it can be just as important to know what a candidate might choose not to do.

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris Kennedy said this week House Speaker Michael Madigan should step down as head of the Democratic Party at least temporarily, while state Sen. Daniel Biss said he hopes Madigan’s firing of the aide accused of harassment isn’t just political damage control. Frontrunner J.B. Pritzker has been more tentative in his response. 

The speaker fired Kevin Quinn earlier this week after Madigan’s lawyer spent three months investigating accusations that Quinn harassed a campaign staffer.     

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"Access to the ballot is a substantial right," argued Scott Drury's attorney, Casey Westover. It was the argument that won out in the hearing over whether Drury should be allowed on the ballot as a Democratic candidate for attorney general due to a technicality with his statement of economic interest. 

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Democratic state Rep. Scott Drury said he's running for Illinois governor.

The former assistant U.S. attorney from the Chicago suburb of Highwood announced his 2018 bid on Tuesday.

In a news release, Drury said he'll be the independent Democrat in the race.

In January, he was the only Democrat not to vote in favor of House Speaker Michael Madigan's election to a 17th term as speaker. Madigan also serves as chairman of the Democratic Party of Illinois.