State Rep. Derrick Smith, D-Chicago, convicted of taking $7,000 bribe

By Brian Costin
A federal jury has found state Rep. Derrick Smith, D-Chicago, guilty of taking a $7,000 cash bribe in exchange for writing a state grant recommendation letter in 2012. Under state law, Smith automatically loses his office with the felony bribery conviction. This is the second time Smith has lost his office. Smith was originally expelled from...

TAGS: bribery, Chicago, corruption, Derrick Smith, ILGA: Illinois General Assembly