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Trial Date Set for Derrick Smith



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

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

    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: 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)

    "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.

    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)

    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.