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: Outbound Kennedy Expressway Entrance Ramps Closed From Armitage To Irving Park Due To Montrose Bridge Construction
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: Chicago Weather: Mostly Sunny, Warm Weekend With Temperatures Reaching 50
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: Biden's $1.9 Trillion COVID Relief Bill Passes House, But Faces Senate Hurdle
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.