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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.

    Smith disclosed the payment in a filing last month, several months after the actual payment.

    Smith was accused of taking a bribe to write what he thought was a letter of support for a day care center's state grant application.

    His Illinois House colleagues in August voted 100-6 to expel him. It was the first time the House had expelled a member in more than 100 years.

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    Smith has pleaded not guilty to federal bribery charges. His trial is set for October.