Letters of support: New corruption avenue in Illinois?
SPRINGFIELD – Your charity program may qualify for state grant money if you drum up support. Who better to get in your corner than your state representative?
Endorsement letters are a common practice in Illinois politics. But one lawmaker’s alleged attempt to make a buck off backing a state-grant application leaves many questions, including whether there’s yet another avenue for politicians to line their pockets in corruption-rich Illinois.
State Rep. Derrick Smith was indicted last week on a federal bribery charge for accepting $7,000 in exchange for his support of a grant application by a nonprofit set up by the federal government in a sting, according to prosecutors.
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