* From the Champaign News-Gazette…
The best candidate in the race is party apostate Drury, who has committed the unpardonable sin of breaking politically and publicly with Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan.
Other candidates may pay lip service to politics-as-usual. But Drury is the only one who, in both word and deed, made it clear that he is a new type of Democrat trying to build a new type of Democratic Party in Illinois.
As a former federal prosecutor, Drury is clearly suited to hold the position he seeks. As a sincere reformer, the liberal Drury represents a beacon of hope for Democrats, as well as independents and Republicans who are as sick of Illinois’ corrupt and dysfunctional state government.
Being an ambitious Democrat in Illinois requires fealty to Michael Madigan in one way or another. All he asks is loyalty to doing things his way when he wants things to go his way. The cost to Illinois of his long, blinkered leadership has been high. […]
Michael Madigan & Co. are working hard to ensure Drury’s defeat in the primary election. They did their best to knock him off the ballot altogether through a frivolous objection. But Drury is on the ballot, and Democrats won’t go wrong in supporting him.
Illinois must change to survive. Business-as-usual is killing this state, and Drury is anything but business-as-usual.
* Drury’s questionable ballot status was one factor in preventing early voting from starting in every county. But it’s now underway all over the state…
The State Board of Elections says about 30 voting districts were not ready to sign off on all of the candidates when early voting started. Some were still dealing with ballot challenges, which meant they could have been pulled from the race at any time.
Early voting was supposed to begin nearly two weeks ago. The last real roadblock was a case against Democratic attorney general candidate Scott Drury, which was resolved last week.
* Drury, by the way, got name-checked by Republican Illinois House candidate Mike Babcock…
“Political operative Kevin Quinn’s treatment of women is disgusting and the warning signs about his behavior were everywhere,” Babcock said in the statement. “Speaker Madigan is out of touch and turned a blind eye. He should immediately resign as Speaker of the House and as head of the Illinois Democratic Party.”
Babcock also challenged Rep. Monica Bristow, his Democratic opponent in the November election, to call for Madigan’s resignation as well.
“Will she stand up for the victims of domestic violence and sexual harassment, or continue bowing to the pressure of Madigan and look the other way?” Babcock said. “I pledge to not vote for him as speaker if elected, and challenge Bristow to publicly commit to do the same.
“Democrat State Representative, Scott Drury, has demanded Madigan resign. Yet, Representative Bristow remains silent,” said Babcock. “Monica’s silence speaks volumes.”
* Other stuff…
* AG candidate Fairley touts uniqueness
* Jesse Ruiz will fight opioid manufacturers
* Mariotti promises to fight for working class people