Chicago man charged after allegedly threatening gubernatorial candidate Darren Bailey in voicemail

Cook County prosecutors charge Chicago man with threatening Sen. Darren Bailey
Cook County prosecutors charge Chicago man with threatening Sen. Darren Bailey(25 News Now/Heart of Illinois ABC)
Published: Nov. 2, 2022 at 4:26 PM CDT
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CHICAGO (25 News Now and NBC Chicago) - A Chicago man has been charged for allegedly leaving a threatening voicemail to Republican gubernatorial candidate Darren Bailey.

21-year-old Scott Lennox faces felony threatening a public official, telephone harassment and harassment by electronic communication charges.

NBC Chicago reports that per a Chicago Police Department report, Lennox allegedly left Bailey a voicemail at 10:27 p.m. on October 28 in which he threatened to “mutilate and kill” him.

Sen. Darren Bailey (R-Xenia) speaks during a legislative roundtable with the Illinois Farm...
Sen. Darren Bailey (R-Xenia) speaks during a legislative roundtable with the Illinois Farm Bureau on August 24, 2022.(Mike Miletich)

Bailey said in a statement in part, “we must bring our state together and fight for the safety and prosperity of every Illinoisan.”

In a tweet, Gov. JB Pritzker tweeted that the violent rhetoric and division we’re seeing across our country is unacceptable.