Panel finds evidence to punish Ill. lawmaker
CHICAGO – The Illinois House has enough evidence to punish state Rep. Derrick Smith in the wake of a federal indictment accusing him of accepting a $7,000 bribe, a special legislative committee that investigated the Chicago Democrat said in a report released Wednesday.
The committee’s task was only to determine whether Smith should be punished. Another committee will choose whether to reprimand, censure or expel Smith – or to take no action.
The seven-page report said the alleged misconduct legislators should examine is that Smith “abused the power of his office by participating in a scheme to obtain a personal benefit in exchange for his official acts.”
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