CHICAGO — A judge says attorney general candidate Scott Drury’s name can remain on ballots for the March 20 primary while a decision to remove his name from the ballot is being appealed.

A stay was granted Monday after a Cook County judge determined Friday that the Democratic legislator couldn’t be on the ballot over paperwork issues. Drury immediately appealed on an expedited basis.

The case is one reason that early voting is being delayed around the Chicago area.

Drury is a state representative from Highwood and among eight Democrats seeking the party’s nomination in the March 20 primary. The case hinges on whether he properly submitted a statement of economic interest to election officials.

A State Board of Elections hearing officer had recommended Drury’s removal, while the board’s general counsel disagreed.

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