State Rep. Drury Announces Bid For Illinois Governor

Jun 6, 2017

Democratic state Rep. Scott Drury said he's running for Illinois governor.

Credit ilga.gov

The former assistant U.S. attorney from the Chicago suburb of Highwood announced his 2018 bid on Tuesday.

In a news release, Drury said he'll be the independent Democrat in the race.

In January, he was the only Democrat not to vote in favor of House Speaker Michael Madigan's election to a 17th term as speaker. Madigan also serves as chairman of the Democratic Party of Illinois.

Drury said it’s no good to have one man with such a tight grip on the Democratic Party, similar to Gov. Bruce Rauner calling the shots for Republicans.

“So you have two people making the decisions for the entire state, and people no longer feel represented in their representative government," he said.

Drury said "Illinois has been defined by public corruption and a lack of honesty" for too long and he'll bring "honest change."

Other Democrats who've said they're running to unseat Rauner include businessmen Chris Kennedy and J.B. Pritzker, state Sen. Daniel Biss and Chicago alderman Ameya Pawar.

  • Illinois Public Radio's Brian Mackey and The Associated Press contributed to this report.