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Chicago Cop to Replace Derrick Smith

Eddie Winters to hold office until January

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    An Illinois House Committee recommended expulsion for indicted state Rep. Derrick Smith. Mary Ann Ahern reports on the hearing and a notably absent Smith. (Published Thursday, Jul 19, 2012)

    West Side Democrats have picked a replacement for ousted state Rep. Derrick Smith.

    Chicago police officer Eddie Winters will hold the office until January, when the winner of the November election is sworn in.

    Committee Recommends Expelling Smith

    [CHI] Committee Recommends Expelling Smith
    An Illinois House Committee recommended expulsion for indicted state Rep. Derrick Smith. Mary Ann Ahern reports on the hearing and a notably absent Smith. (Published Thursday, Jul 19, 2012)

    Last week, the Illinois House voted 100-6 to expel Smith from the legislature following his indictment earlier this year for allegedly accepting a $7,000 bribe in an FBI sting. Investigators say the money was in exchange for promising to steer a state grant to a daycare center.

    Smith remains on the ballot and intends to run in November. He'll be up against Lance Tyson, a third-party candidate.

    Derrick Smith Ejected from Springfield

    [CHI] Derrick Smith Ejected from Springfield
    Carol Marin reports on an historic day in Springfield, where the legislature voted to oust a member for the first time in 100 years. (Published Friday, Aug 17, 2012)