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Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 3:21 PM
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By Saba Hamid

Lance Tyson

Lance Tyson

Lance Tyson is the Unity Party Candidate for Illinois State Representative in the 10th District Read »

Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 3:20 PM
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By Saba Hamid

Derrick Smith

Derrick Smith

Derrick Smith is the Democratic Party Candidate for Illinois State Representative in the 10th District Read »

Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 2:10 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Dems Deserve Derrick Smith

Opinion: Dems Deserve Derrick Smith

If expelled state Rep. Derrick Smith is elected to his old state house seat, he'll end up serving as an example of why we need special elections to fill legislative vacancies. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012 at 7:30 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Expelled Rep. Smith Leads in Poll

Expelled Rep. Smith Leads in Poll

Former Rep. Derrick Smith this year was indicted, charged with accepting a $7,000 bribe, expelled from the Illinois House and replaced by a new lawmaker. Yet Smith (D-Chicago) has a strong chance of winning back... Read »

Monday, Sep 10, 2012 at 9:15 PM
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By Associated Press

New Lawmaker Sworn in to Replace Derrick Smith

New Lawmaker Sworn in to Replace Derrick Smith

Rep. Derrick Smith was expelled from the Illinois House last month after he was charged by federal authorities with accepting a bribe. Read »

Friday, Aug 24, 2012 at 4:59 PM
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By Marcus Riley

Chicago Cop to Replace Derrick Smith

Chicago Cop to Replace Derrick Smith

Eddie Winters to hold office until January. Read »

Friday, Aug 17, 2012 at 5:31 PM
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By Carol Marin & Don Moseley
      

House Votes 100-6 to Expel State Rep

The Illinois House on Friday voted 100-6 to expel indicted state Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago), the first time the House has expelled a member in more than 100 years. Smith, a West Side Democrat, was... Read »

Friday, Aug 17, 2012 at 8:58 AM
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By Carol Marin & Don Moseley

State Rep Faces Expulsion Vote Friday

State Rep Faces Expulsion Vote Friday

Illinois lawmakers return to the state capitol Friday with two things on the agenda: a vote on whether to remove State Representative Derrick Smith (D-Chicago) and a special session on public pensions. Smith, a... Read »

Monday, Jul 30, 2012 at 8:16 PM
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By Mitchell Grogg

Quinn Calls Special Session for Pension Reform

Quinn Calls Special Session for Pension Reform

Special session scheduled for Aug. 17. Read »

Monday, Aug 5, 2013 at 10:58 AM
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By Edward McClelland

House To Vote Next Month On Expelling Smith

House To Vote Next Month On Expelling Smith

Aug. 17 is judgment day for Rep. Derrick Smith, D-Chicago Read »

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