House will vote in August on expelling Smith
SPRINGFIELD – When the Illinois House convenes next month to consider expelling a member charged with bribery, legislators should also use the occasion to decide what to do about the state's troubled pension systems, Gov. Pat Quinn said Friday.
Speaker Michael Madigan notified House members Friday that the chamber will convene Aug. 17. He told them to expect their work to be finished the same day.
Madigan did not spell it out in his memo, but a spokesman for the Chicago Democrat confirmed the purpose of the session will be deciding the fate of Rep. Derrick Smith, D-Chicago. Smith faces federal charges of accepting a bribe in exchange for agreeing to steer a state contract to a day care center. He pleaded not guilty.
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