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Drury petitions draw challenge from Local 150 official

Monday, Dec 11, 2017

* Democratic attorney general candidate Scott Dury’s nominating petitions were challenged today by Thomas Rottman. Who is Rottman? He’s a business agent for Operating Engineers Union Local 150.

Remember the second attempt to override Gov. Rauner’s veto of Local 150’s “right to work zone” prohibition bill?

The measure failed 70-39 on Tuesday. An earlier try at an override failed 70-42. Supporters needed 71 votes to override Rauner. Democratic Rep. Scott Drury of Highwood, who is running for attorney general, voted for override last time but was absent Tuesday.

Mess with the bull.

…Adding… Hmm. Drury didn’t file an economic interest disclosure form with his petitions. Looks like he could be done.

…Adding More… From a pal…

He filed the receipt for his Rep in General Assembly economic disclosure with his petitions. Cases go both ways.

From another pal…

My guess is this won’t end quickly because it requires interpreting 2 statutes [Election Code and the IL Governmental Ethics Act] that have to be read together. I bet a hearing officer tosses him; state board reinstates; and a court challenge ensues.

…Adding Still More… Drury filed a challenge to Renato Mariotti’s petitions a minute before the filing deadline.

* Meanwhile…


…Adding… Rowland actually announced on Sunday that she was dropping out. Click here for her statement.

That could prove crucial in a crowded race. If you have some time, take a listen to the new podcast from Mike Noonan and Victor Reyes. They talk about this primary in some detail…

* In other news…


A complete list of objections is here. A list of those who’ve withdrawn so far is here.

…Adding… Hilarious. The guy has no running mate and filed zero signatures…



* Related…

* One week after filing, candidate drops out of 57th state Senate race: St. Clair Township Supervisor Dave Barnes has dropped out of the race for the 57th State Senate District, one week after filing to run. Barnes, who sought the Republican nomination in the March 2018 primary, declined to comment or give a reason for ending his campaign. Remaining in the race for the Republican nomination is Air Force Reservist Tanya Hildenbrand and local radio shock jock Bob Romanik.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

27 Comments
  1. - Chicago Cynic - Monday, Dec 11, 17 @ 4:26 pm:

    Anyone know what the Drury objection is based on? I’ve heard it was signatures and I also heard it was the economic interests form. Don’t know which is right.


  2. - Grand Avenue - Monday, Dec 11, 17 @ 4:35 pm:

    So far for BFC’s seat there are 12 challenges amongst 9 candidates - and we still have 25 minutes to go.


  3. - blue dog dem - Monday, Dec 11, 17 @ 4:38 pm:

    I wonder what the steps are for challenging the selection of a Business Agent for 150?


  4. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Dec 11, 17 @ 4:39 pm:

    If Drury finds his journey ends by the ruling of his petitions and their validity… how cold a way to leave public service…

    … friendless, lacking allies, walls closing in… it could be but his smugness that keeps him warm from such a cold endung


  5. - 47th Ward - Monday, Dec 11, 17 @ 4:43 pm:

    Drury still has 18 minutes to file it, doesn’t he?

    Oh wait, 17 minutes. If only he had a clock to help him meet the deadline.

    Lol.


  6. - Grand Avenue - Monday, Dec 11, 17 @ 4:44 pm:

    The State Board of Election will bend over backwards not to kick you off.


  7. - Rich Miller - Monday, Dec 11, 17 @ 4:47 pm:

    ===Drury still has 18 minutes to file it, doesn’t he?===

    I think it had to be filed by the 4th. Checking.


  8. - Rich Miller - Monday, Dec 11, 17 @ 4:48 pm:

    ===bend over backwards not to kick you off===

    Often, yes.


  9. - The Captain - Monday, Dec 11, 17 @ 4:48 pm:

    If you’re running to be the state’s top lawyer don’t screw up your paperwork.

    If your campaign to be the state’s top lawyer is based on being the cleanest and the purest in the race (or possibly ever to walk the face of the earth) don’t screw up your economic disclosure form.

    He’ll blame Madigan but the truth is he has no one to blame but himself.


  10. - Grand Avenue - Monday, Dec 11, 17 @ 4:49 pm:

    Also - 5PM is the deadline to file a challenge and no one has challenged Terry Getz - does that mean he might be on the ballot?


  11. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Dec 11, 17 @ 4:49 pm:

    If Drury stays on, is it because of a corrupt, failing system?


  12. - Henry Francis - Monday, Dec 11, 17 @ 5:03 pm:

    Are you suggesting that a former Federal Prosecutor may get bounced because of a legal technicality?


  13. - Memo From Turner - Monday, Dec 11, 17 @ 5:10 pm:

    Scott Drury just responded with his own challenge to Renato


  14. - In 62 - Monday, Dec 11, 17 @ 5:10 pm:

    Challenge to Rotheimer in case you weren’t paying attention…
    Low # of signatures - 513 or so….


  15. - Chi - Monday, Dec 11, 17 @ 5:11 pm:

    47th ward at 4:43, that was restaurant quality trolling right there. Well done!


  16. - cdog - Monday, Dec 11, 17 @ 5:26 pm:

    Terry Getz? Naaa. That’s the real “Deez Nuts?” /s


  17. - Chicago Cynic - Monday, Dec 11, 17 @ 5:32 pm:

    Scott Drury is acting so much like…Scott Drury.


  18. - Chicago Cynic - Monday, Dec 11, 17 @ 5:35 pm:

    Methinks he challenged Renato just because he didn’t like sharing the “former federal prosecutor” label with someone with a bigger microphone.


  19. - Gooner - Monday, Dec 11, 17 @ 5:59 pm:

    Looks like everybody but Ken Dunkin was challenged in his race. Odd how that works.


  20. - TopHatMonocle - Monday, Dec 11, 17 @ 6:27 pm:

    Gooner, there are 2 other candidates in the 5th district besides Dunkin that do not have an objection pending.


  21. - A Jack - Monday, Dec 11, 17 @ 6:44 pm:

    Yes, and AFSCME remembers Drury’s no vote in the arbitration bill. Drury, Durkin, and Franks, the three Democrats who voted no on the arbitration bill so we are now three years without a contract.


  22. - A Jack - Monday, Dec 11, 17 @ 6:48 pm:

    Sorry, Dunkin, not Durkin, although I am sure Durkin voted no on the arbitration bill as well.


  23. - wordslinger - Monday, Dec 11, 17 @ 7:16 pm:

    –Drury filed a challenge to Renato Mariotti’s petitions a minute before the filing deadline.–

    Is there a side race for Most Insufferable or something?


  24. - Disgruntled Laborer - Monday, Dec 11, 17 @ 7:36 pm:

    As far as I can tell, Drury has filed a Statement of Economic Interests every year since being elected. Nothing to see hear. Seems like whoever filed the challenge couldn’t come up with anything better.


  25. - FHRYS - Monday, Dec 11, 17 @ 8:49 pm:

    ==- Disgruntled Laborer - Monday, Dec 11, 17 @ 7:36 pm:

    As far as I can tell, Drury has filed a Statement of Economic Interests every year since being elected. Nothing to see hear. Seems like whoever filed the challenge couldn’t come up with anything better.==

    The law requires you to file a Statement of Economic Interest for each position that requires a filing, whether you’re an officeholder or candidate. This doesn’t mean you have to file two SOEIs, but rather you have to identify both offices on your SOEI. If you hold one office and run for another, technically you’re supposed to refile with the name of the office you seek. This may seem ridiculous, but it ensures statements of economic interest are cross references appropriately. It isn’t difficult to update your SOEI. In fact, Drury could have easily submitted a new SOEI indicating his current office and candidate for the office of Attorney General. He didn’t and that’s a valid reason to challenge his petitions.


  26. - Disgruntled Laborer - Tuesday, Dec 12, 17 @ 8:16 am:

    ==-FHRYS-Nothing to see here. Drury’s statement is on file and - from what I can tell - none of the questions on the form relate to any specific office. This kind of technical challenge is what makes people hate politics.


  27. - Downstate43 - Tuesday, Dec 12, 17 @ 10:18 am:

    == This kind of technical challenge is what makes people hate politics. ==

    Pretty low on the list, since it means pols are actually following rules and held somewhat accountable against them.


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