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Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 7:07 AM
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By Associated Press

Jury Deliberates in State Rep's Bribery Case

Jury Deliberates in State Rep's Bribery Case

Jurors sent home in Derrick Smith case, continue deliberatons Tuesday. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 7:06 AM
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By Associated Press

Closing Arguments in Derrick Smith Trial

Closing Arguments in Derrick Smith Trial

Prosecutor Marsha McClellan addressed jurors Monday morning, saying state Rep. Derrick Smith "took advantage of his office to put cash in his pockets." She also referred to secret recordings where the Chicago... Read »

Friday, Mar 14, 2014 at 8:51 AM
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By Colleen Connolly

5 Illinois Political Races You Should Know

5 Illinois Political Races You Should Know

As the primaries get closer, make sure you're familiar with the most contentious and important races. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014 at 2:38 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Video Exposes Ervin’s Ethical Double Standard

Opinion: Video Exposes Ervin’s Ethical Double Standard

A few weeks ago, 28th Ward Alderman Jason Ervin wanted every reporter in town to understand one simple thing: voters on the West Side of Chicago deserved nothing less than politicians who held themselves to the... Read »

Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 at 12:38 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Alderman Runs Scorched Earth Political Campaign on City Time

Alderman Runs Scorched Earth Political Campaign on City Time

Politics on the West Side of Chicago has never been for the faint of heart. Now, in the race for the Illinois 10th House District, parts of it have gotten downright ugly. Read »

Sunday, Feb 3, 2013 at 1:14 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher, Associated Press

Derrick Smith Used Campaign to Fund Defense

Derrick Smith Used Campaign to Fund Defense

Indicted state Rep. Derrick Smith has used campaign funds to pay more than $37,000 to his defense team. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 9, 2013 at 8:06 PM
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By Sophia Tareen

New Legislature Has 3 Charged Lawmakers

New Legislature Has 3 Charged Lawmakers

As members of Illinois' newest General Assembly took the oath of office Wednesday, the state that's still struggling to rebuild its image after two consecutive governors went to prison set yet another precedent... Read »

Wednesday, Nov 14, 2012 at 2:16 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Trial Date Set for Derrick Smith

Trial Date Set for Derrick Smith

State Representative-elect Derrick Smith heads to trial next year on federal bribery charges. A tentative trial date was set for Oct. 21, 2013. Read »

Thursday, Nov 8, 2012 at 1:01 PM
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By Marcus Riley
      

Derrick Smith: I'm a New Man

Indicted former state legislator makes first comments since Tuesday's re-election. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2012 at 7:38 PM
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By Lisa Balde, BJ Lutz & Marcus Riley
      

Who Won, Lost and Didn't Show Up In Illinois

Several state races for the House and Senate reached national status thanks to the talkers Illinois politics has become known for: scandal and controversy. Read »

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