Rep. Derrick Smith
“One could certainly accept money as a public official without that acceptance of money being a bribe,” defense attorney Sheldon Sorosky said after Smith pleaded not guilty at an arraignment hearing at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse on Wednesday.
In the two years since he was indicted on bribery charges, state Rep. Derrick Smith has defiantly maintained his innocence in public, but within hours of his arrest, he allegedly admitted to FBI agents that he “f – - – ed up” when he accepted a $7,000 cash bribe.
Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman expressed frustration with both sides that the issue arose at the last minute.
Eddie Winters, a candidate for the Illinois House of Representatives 10th District seat, filed the suit against former Alderman Ed Smith (28th), claiming Smith referred to him as a “wife-beater” who “failed to pay child support and leaves his kids starving.”
It’s a dubious distinction for the new class of Illinois lawmakers being sworn in Wednesday in Springfield.
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White said Saturday he hopes state lawmakers find a way to oust Derrick Smith from the Illinois House again, after he was re-elected despite being ousted by his colleagues over his bribery indictment.
A Republican state lawmaker says he can’t believe Derrick Smith was able to win back his seat in the Illinois House, even though he’s been indicted for bribery, and he wants his colleagues in the legislature to find a way to expel Smith from the House a second time.
Fresh off regaining his seat in the Illinois House on Tuesday, Derrick Smith starred in a wild episode of Chicago-style politics Thursday morning, claiming himself to be “a new man,” and slamming Democratic Party leaders who tried to stop his bid to get back to Springfield.
Illinois State Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago) says he will do everything he can to prevent Rep. Derrick Smith from being reelected.
The Illinois House has a new member.
A vote is coming Friday that could expel Illinois State Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago) from the General Assembly.
Indicted State Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago) will find out next month if he’ll be kicked out of the Illinois House for allegedly taking a $7,000 bribe, but even if he is, that doesn’t mean he won’t be back.
A special Illinois House committee has recommended that State Rep. Derrick Smith be expelled from the House, over allegations he took a $7,000 bribe.
The attorney for indicted State Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago) has launched a mannered, but pointed attack against the House committee considering whether to discipline Smith over bribery allegations.
Democratic Ward Committeemen in the 10th state House District have picked a onetime aide to former Cook County Board President Todd Stroger to mount a third-party challenge against indicted state Rep. Derrick Smith in November.
Some of the same Democratic Party leaders who supported Illinois State Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago) are now forming a third party looking for someone to run against him.
State Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago) told a special legislative panel Thursday that he is innocent of the federal bribery charges he is facing, but he refused to testify under oath.
State Rep. Derrick Smith has pleaded not guilty to charges that he accepted a $7,000 bribe.
On a day when Pro Football Hall of Famer Richard Dent was honored in the Illinois House, it seems the only person reporters wanted to talk to was indicted Illinois State Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago).
An attorney for indicted State Rep. Derrick Smith said he won’t step down, despite calls for his resignation from many top Illinois Democrats.