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Tuesday, Apr 3, 2012 at 11:47 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Why Derrick Smith Shouldn't Resign

Why Derrick Smith Shouldn't Resign

The indicted state representative can't afford to resign, says his patron, Secretary of State Jesse White. By staying in office, he embarrasses White and the Democrats, and exposes the reasons we shouldn't... Read »

Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012 at 10:28 PM
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By Associated Press

Ill. House Might Seek US Aid to Review Rep. Smith

Ill. House Might Seek US Aid to Review Rep. Smith

Rep. Elaine Nekritz, D-Northbrook, will convene the rare proceeding in Springfield Tuesday. It will determine whether Smith's actions are enough to warrant discipline that could lead to expulsion. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012 at 11:12 PM
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By Ward Room Staff, Associated Press
      

Lawmaker M.I.A. as Special Probe Begins

A Special House Investigating Committee looking into Rep. Derrick Smith want more details from feds on the information they have that led to the lawmaker's arrest. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012 at 6:19 PM
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By Andrew Greiner

Now Dem Leaders Want Derrick Smith Out

Now Dem Leaders Want Derrick Smith Out

Secretary of State Jesse White and other party bosses are calling on the embattled state rep to leave the statehouse. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012 at 2:22 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Bribery Charge Doesn't Stop Easy Smith Win

Bribery Charge Doesn't Stop Easy Smith Win

A federal bribery charge didn't stop Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago) from winning the Democratic nomination for the 10th District. Smith beat Republican-turned-Democrat challenger Tom Swiss with 77 percent of the... Read »

Thursday, Mar 15, 2012 at 10:33 PM
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By Associated Press

Madigan Not Commenting on Democrat's Bribery Arrest

Madigan Not Commenting on Democrat's Bribery Arrest

Illinois' powerful House speaker and Democratic Party chairman will not say whether he thinks a lawmaker charged with bribery should step down just days before the election. Read »

Thursday, Mar 15, 2012 at 6:23 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Will the Real Tom Swiss Please Stand Up?

Will the Real Tom Swiss Please Stand Up?

Derrick Smith is heading to court to defend himself against bribery charges. Tom Swiss is defending himself at the polls about who he is -- a Republican in Democrats clothing.Who knew the 10th District Illinois... Read »

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