State Rep. Derrick Smith Arrested On Bribery Charge

CHICAGO (CBS) — A state lawmaker from the West Side was arrested on bribery charges on Tuesday.

Illinois State Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago) has been charged with one count of accepting a bribe. Federal prosecutors said Smith was arrested Tuesday, after an undercover investigation found he allegedly accepted $7,000 to write a letter of recommendation for a daycare center that he thought was seeking a state grant.

Since December, Smith and an unnamed political aide — who was cooperating with the FBI — had several discussions about helping a fictional daycare center owner obtain a state grant, in exchange for a political contribution. The daycare center itself was real, but the owner Smith was allegedly trying to help was fake, part of a sting by the FBI.

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On March 2, Smith provided the aide with an official letter of support for the daycare owner to obtain a $50,000 Early Childhood Construction Grant from the state’s Capital Development Board. In return, during a recorded meeting this past Saturday, the aide gave Smith $7,000 in cash, purportedly from the fictional daycare owner, according to federal prosecutors.

Smith was appointed state representative for the 10th District, which covers portions of Chicago’s Near West and Near Northwest sides, in March 2011, and is a candidate for the 10th District seat in next week’s primary election.

As CBS 2’s Vince Gerasole reports, Smith declined to say anything to reporters as he left the Dirksen Building federal courthouse Tuesday afternoon after his initial court appearance. He was released on a $4,500 signature bond.

According to the complaint, the FBI began receiving information concerning Smith from his political aide in December 2011.

He told agents that Smith has talked about his need for assistance in campaign fundraising and wanted donations in the range of $5,000 to $7,000. The aide said Smith stated that he was willing to accommodate donors’ requests so long as they were reasonable.

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, who helped Smith get into the Illinois House and was backing his re-election bid, said in a written statement: “I am very disappointed with the conduct alleged in the charges. I am confident this case will be handled fairly and justly by the judicial system.”

Smith also once worked for White as a deputy director at the Secretary of State’s office.

  • mary

    daley was in office for what 22 years?you mean to tell me that he wasn’t corrupt!

    • non

      You know why the Daleys never get caught? Its because they made damn sure every palm got greased

  • non

    Let me guess. he is a caring democrate that will only serve the people

  • Joe Lake

    Busted! Joe Lake, Chicago

  • Just Axin

    Maybe he was arrested cause they axed him to wear a wire to get John Daley?

  • tom sharp

    I’ve already voted against him. And, in the great Chicago tradition, plan on doing so a few more times!! TERM LIMITS OF ONE!

  • john

    This guy should be an Alderman… .

    • OLD VET


    • ChicagoPeach

      Speaking of aldermen, He obviously learned from the best…his former boss, Walter Burnett.

  • THEE Yard Ape

    LOL !!!!!!

  • THEE Yard Ape

    as always Leroy, words of wisdom!!!

  • TheWatcher

    It is sad that Smith broke the law, and also sad that some people see his malfeasance as a racial issue.

  • Me

    Another Poli bites the dust….

  • illinois voter

    Another bite the dust.

  • Milton Abernathy

    Oh yes. The American NE@RO attempting to hold a white mans job but can’t help but be a black man criminal.

  • Tom

    The feds need to build a prison specific to Illinois pols convicted of crimes. Personally, I can’t wait for the self proclaimed “Hog with the big nuts” to go to trial. Our favorite U.S. Attorney will have a field day with him. Make way, Blago. More company is on the way.

  • Just Axin

    Goofy CBS took down many of our comments.

  • ChicagoPeach

    I never had a good feeling about Derrick Smith, but even scarier-We’re left with an uncover Republican, Tom Swiss.

  • Just Axin

    Heard on the news that he was fired from a city (?) job, the hired by Jesse White, then the rep appt.

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