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Rep. Scott Drury struck from ballot

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The field for attorney general just got a little smaller. Democratic hopeful Rep. Scott Drury was removed from the ballot today. According to the Board of Elections hearing examiner, Drury incorrectly filed his statement of economic interest. These statements require candidates to disclose their business interests. Drury did not include a new statement when he filed to run for attorney general, because he believed that his previous statement for the General Assembly met the requirements. The judge did not agree.

Drury has stated he plans to appeal the ruling swiftly. In his statement, he mentioned his ongoing conflict with longtime Speaker Madigan. Rep. Drury was the only Democrat who did not vote for Madigan to become Speaker of the House.

Some Democrats have already spoken out in favor of Drury’s appeal. Fellow candidate Aaron Goldstein said in a statement, “… I believe democracy only works when we are all allowed do our best and put our vision before the voters to decide. … 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.”

With the March 20 primary only a few week away, Drury’s appeal will need to move quickly to matter. To learn more about Rep. Drury, Goldstein, or the other candidates running for Attorney General, check out our campaign headquarters.

Senior strategist, statehouse reporter and political correspondent for Springfield Daily. Graduate of District 117 and UIS. Thomas covers stories in both Morgan and Sangamon Counties, as well as statewide politics.

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Springfield Daily Radio – Dr. Robert Marshall interview

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On this episode of the Thomas Clatterbuck Show, we interviewed Dr. Robert Marshall. Marshall is one of the Democrats running for governor.

Marshall discussed two main parts of his campaign with us. The first was his opposition to a graduated income tax. He argued that the rich, who would officially pay a higher rate under such a plan, would simply move their money out of state. Marshall is the only Democrat running for governor to oppose the graduated income tax.

His other big issue is splitting Illinois into three states. Marshall shared how the separation would be done, and the legal challenges it would need to overcome. We also got the first look at Marshall’s new map for the state.

You can see all the past episodes of the Thomas Clatterbuck Show on the Springfield Daily Radio page.

You can also learn more about Marshall and the other candidates for governor on our Campaign Headquarters page.

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Drury will appear on primary ballot

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He’s back. Rep. Scott Drury won an important appeal today, ensuring he will appear on the March 20 ballot. Drury is one of the Democrats running for Attorney General in Illinois, but had been temporarily removed from the ballot. According to the challenge, Drury had failed to properly file his statement of economic interest, because he had only filed for his current General Assembly position, not for Attorney General.

Initially, the Electoral Board had ruled that Drury only needed to file one statement. But the a Circuit Court overruled this decision, stating that he needed to file a statement with every unit of government he was running for. According to the Circuit Court, because the General Assembly is part of the Legislature, but the Attorney General is in the Executive Branch, Drury had not filed for the “unit of government” he was running in.

However, the Court of Appeals disagreed. They found that while the Legislative and Executive branches are separate from each other, they are both part of the same unit of government. Therefore, it was incorrect to strike Drury’s name from the ballot.

Drury’s name will appear on the March 20th Democratic Primary ballot. To learn more about the candidates in that race, check out our Campaign Headquarters page.

You can read the full decision here.

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Springfield Daily Radio – Bob Daiber Interview

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On this episode of the Thomas Clatterbuck Show, we interviewed Bob Daiber. Daiber is one of the Democratic candidates for governor.

Daiber is a lifelong educator, and has been both a classroom teacher and an administrator. We discussed several of the new education bills that have passed in the last year, including the new funding formula. I also get his opinion on special programs for gifted students.

Daiber is unique because he is the first downstate Democrat to run for governor in nearly 20 years. He shares the importance of having downstate voices in both the state government and the Democratic Party.

You can see all the past episodes of the Thomas Clatterbuck Show on the Springfield Daily Radio page.

You can also learn more about Daiber and the other candidates for governor on our Campaign Headquarters page.

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