Thursday, June 14, 2012
Panel Assembled To Discipline Indicted Lawmaker
A bipartisan panel of Illinois House lawmakers has been assembled to determine what, if any, professional discipline should be handed down for indicted colleague Rep. Derrick Smith.
House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, appointed from his party — Barbara Flynn Currie, Edward Acevedo, Greg Harris, Camille Lilly and Kim du Buclet, all of Chicago, and Al Riley of Olympia Fields — to the Select Committee on Discipline. House Republican Leader Tom Cross, R-Oswego, selected from his party: Chapin Rose, of Mahomet; Michael Connelly, of Lisle; Renee Kosel, of New Lenox; Sid Mathias, of Buffalo Grove; Chris Nybo, of Elmhurst; and Joe Sosnowski, of Rockford. State Reps. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, and Jim Durkin, R-Western Springs, will head the committee.
According to House guidelines, Lang and Durkin will “try” the case, and the 12 lawmakers are “jurors” who will hear the case. The jurors can exonerate, reprimand, censure or expel Smith.
Smith, a Chicago Democrat, was indicted in April on a federal bribery charge after authorities allegedly recorded him accepting a $7,000 bribe. The case is pending in federal court in the Northern District of Illinois. The state House’s investigation is separate from and has no bearing on the criminal investigation.
You can read Jayette's full report at: http://illinois.statehousenewsonline.com/8792/il-panel-assembled-to-decide-discipline-for-indicted-lawmaker/
In the pic: Derrick Smith