Ill. House poised to expel member on bribe charge
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois lawmakers are poised to expel state Rep. Derrick Smith, something the House hasn't done in more than a century.
Smith is a Chicago Democrat. He faces a federal charge for allegedly accepting a $7,000 bribe in exchange for his support of a state grant. He has pleaded not guilty.
House investigative committees met during the spring and summer and ultimately recommended Smith be expelled. It will take a two-thirds vote of state representatives to toss him on Friday. The only other time researchers are aware of similar action was in 1905 when Frank Comerford -- another Chicago Democrat -- was shown the door.
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