* He hasn’t been able to raise much of any money in the governor’s race, so we’ll see how he fares on this one…
*** UPDATE *** Press release…
“The time has come to clean up Illinois,” said Scott Drury – a former federal prosecutor – as he announced his run for Attorney General. “For too long, Illinois has been defined by corruption and self-dealing. We are going to restore people’s trust in government by showing that no one is above the law and making sure that every Illinois citizen is treated fairly.”
According to Drury, since Lisa Madigan announced her plan to retire, there has been a steady push to get him to run: “My phone and inbox have been flooded with requests urging me to enter the race. People are excited about the prospect of an Attorney General with true prosecutorial experience and no entangling alliances.”
Drury is a seven year veteran of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago and a sitting Illinois State Representative. Earlier this year, Drury became the first Democrat in thirty years not to support Mike Madigan for Speaker of the House.
During his time in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Drury prosecuted corrupt public officials and child sex offenders, among others. He also was part of a multi-jurisdictional effort to curb violent gun crime in and around Chicago. Highlights of his prosecutorial career include the successful prosecutions of a Blagojevich appointee, the Melrose Park police chief and his underlings, and a police officer caught on tape beating a man shackled in a wheelchair.
As a State Representative, Drury has been an outspoken advocate for tougher ethics, anti-corruption and consumer protection laws and successfully fought for the passage of ground-breaking police reforms and toughest-in-the-nation legislation to protect women from online sexual abuse. He also took on the NRA and won – working with numerous communities he represents to implement assault weapons bans and regulations.
Before today’s announcement, Drury was vigorously campaigning for Governor. As a result, he has a statewide campaign operation in place and volunteers throughout the State. This gives Drury a decisive advantage over anyone entering the race at this late date.
On changing races, Drury said the Attorney General position provides a better platform from which to clean up Illinois. “Illinois cannot fix its problems until it first builds a foundation of trust. As Attorney General, I can work outside the channels of the established machine and make clear that the old way of doing business in Illinois no longer has a home here.”
Drury grew up in Illinois and currently lives with his wife and two children in suburban Highwood. In addition to his legislative duties, Drury is an adjunct professor at Northwestern’s Law School and practices law in the private sector.