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Appellate court grants temporary stay for Drury candidacy

Monday, Feb 5, 2018

* Forwarded e-mail…

…(T)he appellate court has granted Scott Drury’s motion to stay the circuit court’s judgment pending appeal, and has also granted his motion for expedited consideration. The briefing will be completed by February 9, with no extensions granted.

The ruling is here.

All the guy had to do was file the same disclosure form he’d already filed and he would’ve had no problems staying on the ballot. It just makes no sense to me.

* Meanwhile

A Democratic state lawmaker from Lake County said Sunday that he believes House Speaker Michael Madigan once thought he was “wearing a wire” during a meeting between the two.

A Madigan spokesman said he didn’t have any information to verify that state Rep. Scott Drury’s story was “accurate.” Drury has long been at odds with Madigan, who also is the state Democratic Party chairman. The former federal prosecutor was the only Democrat who did not vote for Madigan for speaker in the current General Assembly.

Drury’s tale dates back to 2016. He recounted an effort to advance legislation involving protection of children’s data on computers used in schools. The three-term lawmaker from Highwood said he got a call from Madigan saying, “ ‛Hey, we should go to dinner.’ ”

You should really go read the whole thing. Quite a story.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

17 Comments »
  1. - 360 Degree TurnAround - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 12:21 pm:

    So now he can lose the old fashioned way.


  2. - Colin O'Scopy - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 12:23 pm:

    Scott Drury proves the old saying: “Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t out to get you”.


  3. - m - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 12:29 pm:

    Why isn’t Brown offering up a real denial?


  4. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 12:30 pm:

    Like a bad penny, Drury always pops up…


  5. - Retired Educator - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 12:32 pm:

    Did you folks know Drury used to be a lawyer? I think he had another job. I wonder if I could get him to tell me about it?


  6. - Iggy - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 12:38 pm:

    Honestly who cares anymore. the best part about this story is the fact that Brown referred to him as Scott. a clear sign of disrespect. love it. love every part of it.


  7. - 47th Ward - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 12:52 pm:

    This is a classic Scottt Drury story. It’s really all you need to know about him and how difficult it is to work with him. I was on the opposing side of the student data privacy bill with what I believe were legitimate concerns. He not only failed to understand or address these concerns, he lectured us on how wrong we were. I am not surprised that somebody brought this to the Speaker’s attention and that he tried to help Drury understand why this bill wasn’t going to move. That is what is known as a professional courtesy Madigan offers on occasion. That Drury didn’t get it and felt threatened should surprise no one who has ever tried to work with Scott Drury.

    Given his temperament, he would be a disasterous Attorney General.


  8. - Barrington - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 1:02 pm:

    Gosh I’m so tired of this guy. I think he may of won cases because by settling no one had to listen to him any more. And 47th ward, I agree Drury has no listening skills. He also has a habit of abruptly leaving when he does not agree with you.


  9. - Anonymous - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 1:18 pm:

    Gotta love all the Madigan defenders who are obliged to defend him.


  10. - Luucky Pierre - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 1:22 pm:

    Imagine an outsider for Attorney General and not a Mike Madigan rubber stamp.

    Not surprising they are throwing the kitchen sink at Drury.


  11. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 1:26 pm:

    ===Not surprising they are throwing the kitchen sink at Drury.===

    Pritzker for Governor, Drury for AG, the “Lucky Pierre” ballot takes shape..

    Drury is an attorney, a former federal prosecutor I’m told, and he can’t figure out how to file to get on a ballot… how is that anyone’s fault but his law school professors abc his own lack of knowledge or acumen?


  12. - Lucky Pierre - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 1:30 pm:

    Apparently no attorney in Illinois can figure out how to get a voter approved referendum on the ballot either as there has been only one ever approved.

    “It’s a high bar. Only one other petition-driven measure has made it to the ballot.

    Justices were sharply divided.

    Dissenting Justice Robert Thomas blasted the majority decision as “nothing less than the nullification of a critical component” of the constitution with “particularly unfortunate” timing.

    “In Illinois, as throughout the United States, there is a palpable sense of frustration by voters of every political affiliation that self-perpetuating institutions of government have excluded them from meaningful participation in the political process,” he wrote.”

    Same situation here. Powerful Cook County Democratic Judiciary protecting Speaker Madigan as always.


  13. - Roman - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 1:32 pm:

    Sorry, Scott. You’re not that special. Mike Madigan approaches most conversations as if the person he’s talking to is wearing a wire.


  14. - Demoralized - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 1:44 pm:

    ==and he can’t figure out how to file to get on a ballot==

    It’s Madigan’s fault. And the corrupt Cook County judiciary. At least that’s what I was told.


  15. - Lucky Pierre - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 1:46 pm:

    And judges that are elected are somehow immune from political considerations.


  16. - @misterjayem - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 1:49 pm:

    “All the guy had to do was file the same disclosure form he’d already filed and he would’ve had no problems staying on the ballot. It just makes no sense to me.”

    Laziness, sloppiness, arrogance or some combination thereof.

    – MrJM


  17. - Demoralized - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 1:54 pm:

    ==And judges that are elected are somehow immune from political considerations.==

    No. But they are immune for being blamed for the inept actions of someone else.


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