* Cook County Circuit Court Judge Al Paul has knocked Rep. Scott Drury off the ballot. I’m told Drury plans an appeal.
* Here’s some background on the issue at hand…
An Illinois State Board of Elections hearing examiner has recommended state Rep. Scott Drury be knocked from the Democratic ballot for Illinois attorney general because he filed an incorrect statement of economic interest — a charge the north suburban lawmaker plans to fight. […]
According to the initial hearing examiner’s recommendation, Drury filed a statement of economic interest, required to run for office, but submitted a statement from April 2017 that he submitted to the Secretary of State for his role as state representative.
Drury’s attorneys claim his statement is accurate because it was filed within a year, which is required. And they argue that even if he had filed one for the attorney general post, it would have been identical to the one submitted. […]
Tenuto writes that Drury’s economic interest statement as state representative is “not applicable” and that he was required to file a new statement for the attorney general’s office. Tenuto writes that members of the General Assembly are in a different unit of government than members of the executive branch, and therefore, his previous statement isn’t valid.
* Meanwhile, in a related development…
Early voting, which was set to begin next week, will be delayed in Chicago and suburbs in Cook County, City Board of Elections officials said Friday.
According to an official with the Board of Elections, too many candidate challenges have not yet finished, delaying early voting in the area.
It remains unclear if delays will be seen in other Illinois counties as well.
*** UPDATE 1 *** From Rep. Drury…
“When I entered this race, I knew the party would do anything it could to prevent a proven reformer from becoming Illinois’ next attorney general. I have instilled a fear in Mike Madigan that has not been seen during his reign in Springfield. Justice was not served today, but the battle is not over. We plan to appeal the decision as soon as this afternoon. I trust justice will prevail in the end, and Illinois will get the chance to elect an Attorney General who works for people, not politicians.”
*** UPDATE 2 *** Press release…
“While I am in this race to win it, I believe democracy only works when we are all allowed do our best and put our vision before the voters to decide. I do not agree with these typical machine shenanigans, which are similar to what I faced when I took on the machine in 2016. I hope that Scott’s appeal is successful as he has gotten the necessary signatures and I don’t believe a technicality, an inconsequential and good faith mistake should result in him being knocked off the ballot.
As Democrats, we need to be better than this”
Candidate for Illinois Attorney General