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Mayor Emanuel Joins Calls For Indicted Chicago Lawmaker To Step Down

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Illinois State Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago) leaves the Dirksen Building federal courthouse on March 13, 2012, after he was released on bond, following his arrest for allegedly taking a $7,000 bribe. (Credit: CBS)

Illinois State Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago) leaves the Dirksen Building federal courthouse on March 13, 2012, after he was released on bond, following his arrest for allegedly taking a $7,000 bribe. (Credit: CBS)

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CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel has joined the calls for state Rep.  Derrick Smith to resign over bribery allegations.

Despite winning the Democratic primary, Smith should not remain on the ballot, Emanuel said Friday.

Smith faces federal bribery charges .

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Lisa Fielding reports

At an unrelated event at Curie High School, Emanuel, a fellow Democrat, said Smith’s alleged actions do not reflect the honor of public service.

“All of us are involved in public service. Even people who work at CPS and deal with contracts are public servants. They should not violate that code of conduct. It’s an honor to serve the public,” the mayor said.

Emanuel was referring to the Chicago Public Schools’ food service manager, who faces termination for reportedly accepting lavish gifts from two contractors.

Some fellow Democrats endorsed Smith last week over his primary opponent, but more recently the state House has set up a panel to investigate him.

 

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