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updated: 11/6/2012 11:10 PM

Drury decisively ahead for 58th House

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Democrat Scott Drury won a decisive victory over Republican Mark Shaw for the Illinois 58th House District in the North suburbs on Tuesday night.

With all precincts reporting, Drury won 55 percent of the vote, or 24,161 votes, to Shaw's 45 percent, or 19,840 votes. All results are still unofficial.

With Democratic state Rep. Karen May retiring, Shaw and Drury were newcomers to the race. Both candidates are attorneys, Shaw from Lake Forest, Drury from Highwood.

While Shaw had some political background -- serving as the West Deerfield Township Republican chairman and 10th Congressional District Republican state central committeeman -- it wasn't enough for him to overcome Drury.

With Drury's election, the North Shore district will stay Democratic for another term. May, of Highland Park, had served the 58th District since 2001.

Drury, 39, said one of his top priorities will be to help fix the state's pension and budget issues. He also ran on a campaign promoting ethics reform.

Working for eight years as an assistant U.S. attorney, Drury helped prosecute a high-level member of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's administration, he said.

The 58th District runs along Lake Michigan and includes all or some of Bannockburn, Deerfield, Glencoe, Highland Park, Highwood, Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, Lincolnshire, Northbrook, North Chicago and Riverwoods.

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