State Representative to Face Expulsion Vote Friday

A two-thirds vote is required to expel the lawmaker.

By Mitchell Grogg
|  Thursday, Aug 16, 2012  |  Updated 7:35 PM CDT
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State Representative to Face Expulsion Vote Friday

Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago)

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Derrick Smith may not be a state representative much longer.

Friday is judgment day for the Chicago democrat, who could be expelled if two thirds of House members vote in favor of it.

A House committee recommended Smith be kicked out of the general assembly last month.

He pleaded not guilty to a federal bribery charge in April. Smith accepted a $7,000 bribe from undercover officers in exchange for promising to steer a state grant in favor of a daycare center, according to prosecutors.

The general assembly vote will not have an effect on the criminal charges against Smith.

Lawmakers are also headed to Springfield Friday to deal with pension reform.

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