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Scott Drury

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Scott Drury
Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
from the 58th district
Assumed office
January 2013 (2013-January)
Preceded by Karen May
Personal details
Born 1972 (age 44–45)
Political party Democratic
Residence Highwood, Illinois
Alma mater University of California (B.A.)
Northwestern University (J.D.)
Profession Attorney
Website Official website

Scott Drury (born 1972) is the Illinois state representative for the 58th district and a Democratic candidate for governor.[1] The 58th district includes all or parts of Bannockburn, Deerfield, Glencoe, Highwood, Highland Park, Lake Bluff Lake Forest, Lincolnshire, Northbrook and North Chicago.[2]

He is a candidate in the Democratic Party primary for Governor of Illinois in the 2018 election.[3]

Early life and career

Drury is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney, who currently works at a Chicago law firm.[4] Drury is also an adjunct professor of law at the Northwestern University School of Law.

As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Drury focused on fighting corruption and fraud in the Illinois public and private sectors.

In November 2006, Drury prosecuted a 54 year-old priest for downloading child pornography.[5] In prosecuting the case, Drury stated: "Mr. Schulte is supposed to be helping people, helping people who are victims," and "He is telling the manufacturers of this filth [that] this is something there is a demand for," Drury said.[6]

In October 2010, Drury helped prosecute a repeat conman who scammed small businesses, banks, and churches out of $1.4 million. Drury described the conman as “a serial conman who we don’t believe can be deterred.” In addition to an 8-year prison sentence, Drury also secured $700,000 in restitution for the victims.[7]

Political career

In 2012, Drury was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives, beating his opponent Mark Shaw with 65.7% of the vote.[8] Drury has served in the Illinois General Assembly since 2013. Drury currently sits on the following House committees: Judiciary-Civil; Personnel and Pensions; Cybersecurity, Data Analytics and IT; Government Transparency; and Elementary Secondary Education - Charter School Policy. Drury previously was the Vice Chair of the House Judiciary-Criminal Committee.[9] In 2015, Drury was appointed to serve as a commissioner on the Governor's newly created Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform.[10]

In 2013, Drury successfully worked with local municipalities to implement assault weapons regulations throughout the District he represents.Highland Park, Melrose Park, Deerfield, and 20 other towns passed similar pieces of legislation banning the weapons. In an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times, Drury said of the legislation: "If you don't do anything, you lose the right to do anything."[11]

In 2013 and 2014, Drury successfully proposed a law that requires more custodial interrogations are recorded and new procedures for eyewitness identifications.[12] This legislation was part of an effort to address the high number of wrongful convictions in the Illinois criminal justice system. Drury has received various awards for his work in this area, including the 2013 Jenner & Block Award,[13] the Illinois Innocence Project's Defenders of the Innocent Award,[14] and the First Defense Legal Fund's (FDLA) 20 for 20 Award.[15]

In 2014, Representative Drury voted Nay on a so-called "millionaire's tax" intended to help balance the Illinois budget. Drury and another Democrat, Rep. Jack Franks, joined every Republican lawmaker in publicly dismissing the millionaires’ tax, leaving the Democrats two votes shy of the 71 they need to move it forward.[16]

In May 2016, Drury co-sponsored SB 250 which established automatic electronic voter registration.[17]

In 2017, Drury voted "present" instead of voting for Michael Madigan to remain speaker.[18]

Election results

2016 Illinois House District 58[19]
Party Candidate Votes %
  Democratic Scott Drury 29,338 57.4%
  Republican Marty Blumenthal 21,756 42.6%
Majority 7,582 14.8%


  1. ^ Board, Editorial. "The Madigan elections of 2018: When even Democratic candidates knock the speaker ...". Retrieved 2017-07-05. 
  2. ^ "PA 97-0006 Legislative District 29" (PDF). Illinois House of Representatives Democratic Caucus. Retrieved January 11, 2017. 
  3. ^ Blasting Madigan, Rep. Scott Drury announces Democratic governor bid 
  4. ^ "Illinois General Assembly - Representative Biography". Retrieved 2017-07-05. 
  5. ^ "Priest gets 7 years in prison". tribunedigital-chicagotribune. Retrieved 2017-07-05. 
  6. ^ "Priest gets 7 years in prison". tribunedigital-chicagotribune. Retrieved 2017-07-05. 
  7. ^ "2 Investigators: Conman Sentenced To 8 Years". Retrieved 2017-07-05. 
  8. ^ "Drury Wins IL 58th District State House Race". Highland Park, IL Patch. 2012-11-05. Retrieved 2017-07-05. 
  9. ^ "Illinois General Assembly - Representative Committees". Retrieved 2017-07-05. 
  10. ^ "The Commission mission". Illinois State Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform. Retrieved 2017-07-05. 
  11. ^ "How the gun lobby outsmarted itself and helped engineer its big Supreme Court defeat Monday". Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-07-05. 
  12. ^ Hinkel, Dan. "Quinn signs bill expanding recording of police interrogations". Retrieved 2017-07-05. 
  13. ^ "Firm Efforts Well Represented at Center on Wrongful Convictions' Anniversary Benefit". Jenner & Block. Retrieved 2017-07-05. 
  14. ^ "Illinois Innocence Project at UIS to host Defenders of the Innocent event and awards". Retrieved 2017-07-05. 
  15. ^ "Lawmakers behind eye witness identification reform receive one of FDLA’s “20 for 20” honors! - First Defense Legal Aid". First Defense Legal Aid. 2015-04-27. Retrieved 2017-07-05. 
  16. ^ "Illinois millionaires’ tax dies, but other tax plans very much alive -". 2014-04-11. Retrieved 2017-07-05. 
  17. ^ "The Voter's Self Defense System". Vote Smart. Retrieved 2017-07-05. 
  18. ^ staff, Chicago Tribune. "Morning Spin: Rebellious Democrat complains Madigan stiffed him on engraved clock". Retrieved 2017-07-05. 
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