CHICAGO (CBS) — It’s a dubious distinction for the new class of Illinois lawmakers being sworn in Wednesday in Springfield.
It’s the first time in years that three sitting lawmakers simultaneously face criminal charges.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: A Sunny Start Friday
Representatives Derrick Smith and LaShawn Ford and state Sen. Donne Trotter, all Chicago Democrats, face varying charges.
Smith is under federal indictment in a bribery case.
Ford is accused of bank fraud.READ MORE: Two Women Who Told CBS 2 About Agonizing Waits With IDES Now Have Unemployment Benefits, And Tips If You're Still Waiting
Trotter is charged with trying to bring a gun onto a plane.
Last year, Smith was expelled from the House by his colleagues.
In November, voters returned him to office.MORE NEWS: Variety Magazine Reports Lollapalooza Has Green Light To Return This Year; City Says Nothing Is Confirmed Now
In a state that has sent two consecutive governors to prison, political science professor Kent Redfield says this just further undermines credibility and trust in state government.