Indicted Rep. Derrick Smith Returning to Springfield

Smith has vowed to stay on the job despite accusations he allegedly accepted a $7,000 bribe

Tuesday, Apr 17, 2012  |  Updated 7:34 AM CDT
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Smith in Hiding as House Investigation Begins

Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago)

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Smith in Hiding as House Investigation Begins

Illinois lawmakers considering the expulsion of Rep. Derrick Smith said Tuesday they will move quickly to decide the case regardless of whether they get assistance from federal prosecutors who charged the Chicago Democrat with bribery.
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State Rep. Derrick Smith (D - Chicago) heads back to work Tuesday in Springfield after being indicted on a federal bribery charge

Smith has vowed to stay on the job despite accusations he allegedly accepted a $7,000 bribe from undercover officers. 

According to federal authorities, one of Smith's former campaign workers, who was working with investigators, approached Smith with information about a day care owner who was seeking a state grant to make repairs on the facility.

During last month's primary election, Smith handily beat Republican-turned-Democrat challenger Tom Swiss with 77 percent of the vote.

The leader of an Illinois House committee investigating the alleged misconduct said in March he wants to find out how much federal prosecutors can reveal about their bribery case against Smith.

The representative has since stayed out of sight.
 

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