GOP leader: Arrested IL lawmaker should resign

SPRINGFIELD (AP) – The top Republican in the Illinois House is calling for the resignation of a Democrat who has been charged with bribery.

House Minority Leader Tom Cross says Rep. Derrick Smith should step down "immediately." Cross said Monday that Smith is embarrassing the House.

Smith was arrested last week on federal bribery charges. Prosecutors say they conducted a sting operation that ended with Smith promising to help a daycare center get a state grant in exchange for $7,000.

The Chicago Democrat has not yet entered a plea. He remains on the ballot for Tuesday's primary election.

Neither Smith nor Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan responded immediately to calls seeking comment.