In two terms in the Illinois House of Representatives, Democrat Scott Drury has earned a reputation as one of the most independent lawmakers from either party.
He has incurred the wrath of Speaker Michael Madigan on issues ranging from basic budgeting to a contentious labor-backed arbitration bill that Democratic leaders pushed hard, and unsuccessfully, to pass. He offered legislation for a constitutional amendment to impose term limits on legislative leaders. He supported various drives to create a fair process for drawing legislative boundaries in Illinois. He's been a leader in the movement to reform Illinois' budget process, and he's often demonstrated that his commitment to bipartisan cooperation is more than just talk.
A former federal prosecutor from Highwood, Drury offers insightful, creative ideas for addressing gun violence, and he is equally constructive in his approach to such important topics as pensions, education and the governor's Turnaround Agenda.
His Republican challenger, Highland Park attorney Marty Blumenthal, is a knowledgeable and sincere candidate who -- in his own right -- also shows a willingness to express views that may conflict with his party. But he does not possess the depth or detail of the incumbent on the key issues facing the state and the district, which stretches along the North Shore into Lake County.
Scott Drury has proved himself to be a strong, resourceful and independent voice in Springfield. He deserves to return.