Smith is first to be expelled from Ill. House since 1905
SPRINGFIELD – In a gesture unseen in corruption-rich Illinois for more than a century, the state House expelled one of its members Friday for allegedly taking a bribe.
The vote to relieve former Rep. Derrick Smith of his duties was 100-6. But the Chicago Democrat, who faces a federal bribery charge, remains on the November ballot and could be re-elected to the same post.
Smith, who did not attend the session, said the vote saddened him. His attorney called the ouster a power grab.
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