Saturday, August 18, 2012
House Ousts Smith Who Vows To Stay On Ballot
Illinois House lawmakers Friday kicked out indicted Rep. Derrick Smith, who faces a federal bribery charge for allegedly accepting a $7,000 bribe in connection with his job as legislator. The vote – 100 to 6 ended the Chicago Democrat's first term as a state lawmaker.
Neither Smith nor his Chicago attorney, Victor Henderson, were present for the vote in Springfield. Smith remains on the Nov. 6 ballot in his home district as a Democrat, but he no longer has backing from the state’s Democratic machine. His bribery arrest came after he won his March primary battle so now he faces Lance Tyson, a Democrat who is running as a “Unity Party” candidate but with mainline Democratic backing.
You can read Jayette's full report at: http://watchdog.org/50383/il-house-ousts-indicted-colleague-he-vows-to-stay-on-november-ballot/
In the pic: Ousted State Rep. Derrick Smith