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.

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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.

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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.

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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.