Lawmakers Taking Steps That Could Oust Rep. Smith

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CBS) — The Illinois legislature is moving forward with an investigation of State Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago), a process that could potentially lead to his ouster from the General Assembly over his arrest on federal bribery charges.

WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports State Rep. Elaine Nekritz (D-Northbrook) has been picked to chair a House Special Investigative Committee that will look into the charges against Smith. The panel is scheduled to meet Tuesday morning.

House Speaker Mike Madigan, who picked the three Democrats on the panel, was asked what he expects from the panel and from Smith.

“I think they’ll do what they’re charged to do, which is to take evidence, make a recommendation,” Madigan said.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports

Asked whether Smith should resign, Madigan said “I’m not offering an opinion on that, because I’m leading the investigation.”

Madigan told WBBM Newsradio’s Dave Dahl that he hasn’t spoken to Smith since the lawmaker’s arrest.

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, Smith’s political mentor, has called on Smith to step down, as has Gov. Pat Quinn and House Minority Leader Tom Cross.

“The allegations in the charge against him convey unacceptable conduct, making it extremely difficult to represent the citizens of the district. The public would be much better served if Derrick were to step down,” White said in a prepared statement on Wednesday.

White said he has not spoken with his protégé since his arrest, but has said the bribery charge makes it difficult for Smith to represent his constituents.

After looking into the charges against Smith, lawmakers could recommend disciplinary action, ranging from a formal reprimand to expelling Smith from the General Assembly – if he doesn’t resign first.

State Reps. William Davis (D-Homewood), Andre Thapedi (D-Chicago), Dennis Reboletti (R-Elmhurst), JoAnn Osmond (R-Antioch) and Jil Tracy (R-Quincy) also have been appointed to the committee investigating Smith.

Smith has not spoken publicly since his arrest. He was not in Springfield for the past two session days on Wednesday and Thursday. He had an excused absence on Wednesday, but not on Thursday.

  • john

    Why the uproar? Just another Democrat taking a bribe… business as usual in Cook County. The only thing I see is that they should have made Smith an Alderman

  • B

    This guy gets a job with the city, blows that, then gets a job with the Sec. of State, then gets another job as State Rep—-and blows that.

    How is it that he gets three jobs?????? I can’t get one—oh i forgot, I did not get terminated from any job, I have never taken a bribe. What was I thinking???????????????????


  • tom sharp

    I love it. Now, after they campaigned FOR Smith, as if he were Jesus Christ and his opponent the devil, they act repulsed by Smith’s awful crimes! No hypocrisy here! Term Limits of One!

  • PG

    They probably allowed him to run because they knew that the idiot voters in his district would vote for him and he would win this election. Now, if they decide to replace him, they can choose another democrat to run in his place. We all know that any republican won’t win in his district, so the dems have effectively “won” this election regardless of who they have running in November.

    • James

      because the most of them are racist blacks!

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  • zatso

    Madiga, who gave the jerk 63K will head the investigation.

    Yes we are stupid, but Madigan looks in the mirror and see himself as a real ZIEMOVIEZ.

    For that I am HAPPY.

    For all of you Madigan sheep, don’t you see outhouse roast in your mirror.

    Someday you will get common sense.


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    […] • Derrick Smith might have swept the floor with challenger Tom Swiss in the Democratic primary for 10th District state representative, but he's probably not doing much celebrating. That's because the West Side legislator's star has likely peaked. The same Democratic establishment that groomed him for Annazette Collins' vacated seat, and up until Tuesday poured tons of money into his bid for re-election, is now taking steps to give him the boot. […]

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