Democratic Illinois Lawmaker Charged with Accepting Bribe

Justin Kabbes, Illinois Capitol Bureau

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (IRN) –The Illinois House will form a committee to investigate State Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago) who was arrested for allegedly accepting a $7,000 bribe to write a letter of support on behalf of a daycare center seeking state assistance.

House Minority Leader Tom Cross (R-Oswego) says he is disappointed Democrats still supported Smith to win the primary to beat an opponent some said was a Republican in disguise. If Smith leaves the race Democratic leaders can put another candidate in his place.

“Look that’s their politics. I don’t support it. I don’t think anybody should support this kind of behavior. Here’s a guy on a wire taking $7000 in cash.”  Cross says he’s tired of the state being the punchline of jokes around the country.

The committee will consist of three Republicans and three Democrats. They will then make recommendations which could lead to another 12-man disciplinary committee that would decide whether to censure, reprimand or expel Smith.

Smith overwhelmingly won his primary against Tom Swiss on Tuesday. House Democrats aren’t publicly talking about issue. Smith didn’t show up for Wednesday’s session.

Calls for Smith’s resignation have been made by Governor Pat Quinn and Secretary of State Jesse White.

Copyright Illinois Radio Network



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