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Trial Date Set for Derrick Smith

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    State Representative-elect Derrick Smith heads to trial next year on federal bribery charges.

    A tentative trial date was set for Oct. 21, 2013.

    Derrick Smith: I'm a New Man

    [CHI] Derrick Smith: I'm a New Man
    Ousted state representative Derrick Smith makes his first public comments following his re-election on Tuesday. (Published Thursday, Nov 8, 2012)

    After being ousted from the House earlier this year, Smith regained his seat in the 10th with a sweeping 63 percent of the vote amid allegations he accepted a $7,000 bribe.

    A day after the election, Smith told supporters he's a new man.

    Derrick Smith Talks Indictment, Campaign

    [CHI] Derrick Smith Talks Indictment, Campaign
    Former state representative this year was indicted, charged with accepting a $7,000 bribe, expelled from the Illinois House and replaced by a new lawmaker. But he's again running for his seat and he says the charges against him aren't slowing him down. (Published Monday, Oct 29, 2012)

    "I know there are a lot of people in the media and elsewhere who are saying I only received votes because I am a Democrat," Smith said. "I think that information is misinformed and insulting to the people of the district that voted for me."

    Prosecutors allege Smith took 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.

    Smith has pleaded not guilty to the charges and said he intends to fight until the battle is over.

    "I stand before you as a new man. I'm excited again about representing the people of the 10th district, and I intend to work hard and work hand-in-hand with those who voted against me and those who worked against me, because that is the best thing to do for the individual constituents of the district," Smith said.