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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)

    Derrick Smith, the state representative ousted from office earlier this year amid federal bribery charges, made his first public comments Thursday after his Tuesday re-election.

    Smith wouldn't address the charges directly, but thanked the 10th District voters for their support.

    "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. I think that information is misinformed and insulting to the people of the district that voted for me," Smith said.

    Smith said voters supported him because of the resources he has brought back to the district. He criticized Gov. Pat Quinn and Secretary of State Jesse White for campaigning against him and giving money to his opponent Lance Tyson.

    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)

    "Today 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.

    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. Illinois law says he cannot be expelled a second time for the same reason.

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