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Illinois House expels Rep. Derrick Smith over bribery charge
Clout Street ^ | 2:17 p.m. CDT, August 17, 2012 | Ray Long and Annie Sweeney

Posted on 08/17/2012 2:19:34 PM PDT by rocksandbroncs

State lawmakers today kicked out a West Side Democrat accused of taking a $7,000 bribe, marking the first expulsion from the Illinois House since 1905.

Rep. Derrick Smith failed to show up to defend himself or hear his fellow House lawmakers condemn his alleged actions before the 100-6 vote was taken. Three lawmakers voted present (see roll call here). [...] The disciplinary action against Smith required the votes of 79 members of the 118-member House. Smith was arrested March 13 by federal agents who alleged he used his office stationery to push for a $50,000 grant for a fictitious operator of a day-care center in exchange for $7,000. Prosecutors said Smith was caught on recordings with a federal informant as the deal was struck and cash was counted.

(Excerpt) Read more at chicagotribune.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: bribery; chicago; democrat; derricksmith; illinois; onlycaponebribeslike

1 posted on 08/17/2012 2:19:42 PM PDT by rocksandbroncs
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To: rocksandbroncs

Odd. Once again the Democrat part affiliation of a perp is mentioned in the first sentence!


2 posted on 08/17/2012 2:21:33 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1306 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...)
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To: rocksandbroncs

Makes one wonder who wanted to replace him.


3 posted on 08/17/2012 2:26:10 PM PDT by aimhigh
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To: rocksandbroncs
State lawmakers today kicked out a West Side Democrat accused of taking a $7,000 bribe

The Illinois House kicked him out for that? What, was the bribe too small?

4 posted on 08/17/2012 2:27:06 PM PDT by Conscience of a Conservative
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To: rocksandbroncs

For some reason I knew he would be Black.


5 posted on 08/17/2012 2:27:48 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: rocksandbroncs

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6 posted on 08/17/2012 2:28:56 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (FR: Now, More Than Ever.)
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To: null and void

“Rep. Derrick Smith” this leads some to read this as “Republican Derrick Smith”....


7 posted on 08/17/2012 2:41:18 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: rocksandbroncs

Since 1905? Well, they had a good run.


8 posted on 08/17/2012 2:49:57 PM PDT by Terry Mross (To my kin and former friends: Do not contact me if you still love obama.)
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To: rocksandbroncs

I bet they’re doing it, because a), the bribe is too small, and b), because he was inattentive enough to get caught.


9 posted on 08/17/2012 2:53:06 PM PDT by wastedyears (The First Law of Heavy Metal: Not all metal is satanic.)
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To: Red_Devil 232
For some reason I knew he would be Black.


10 posted on 08/17/2012 2:58:34 PM PDT by wastedyears (The First Law of Heavy Metal: Not all metal is satanic.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Effin’ Teaparty racism! /s

Thanks rocksandbroncs.


11 posted on 08/17/2012 3:12:53 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: rocksandbroncs
Derrick Smith
Democrat
Illinois
12 posted on 08/17/2012 3:22:08 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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In view of he evidence, vote etc, hard to believe he had 9 supporters.....


13 posted on 08/17/2012 3:40:59 PM PDT by xrmusn (6/98 "It is virtually impossible to clean the pond as long as the pigs are still crapping in it")
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To: Tzar
The dems typically only go after black dems on corruption charges it seems.
You mean, just like in the real world where blacks are "typically" over-represented in prisons?
15 posted on 08/17/2012 3:54:23 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Tzar
They always throw a black guy under the bus.
Show me the list ...
17 posted on 08/17/2012 4:01:43 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: rocksandbroncs
The 6 who voted against expulsion - Monique Davis, DeLuca, Flowers, Mayfield, Turner, & Yarbrough - must really be people of upstanding character. /s

I wonder how closely allied with Obama they are?!

19 posted on 08/17/2012 4:45:56 PM PDT by mellow velo (Oxymorons: jumbo shrimp, rap music, liberal think-tank)
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To: Tzar

Kwame


20 posted on 08/17/2012 6:41:53 PM PDT by Zeppelin (Keep on FReepin' on...)
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To: rocksandbroncs

Expelled for STUPIDITY, not the crime. It was the getting caught that caused a problem with his colleagues.


21 posted on 08/17/2012 6:44:54 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: rocksandbroncs

“If anyone’s caught taking graft...
And I don’t get my share
We stand ‘em up against a wall
And POP goes the weasel”


22 posted on 08/17/2012 6:53:07 PM PDT by william clark (Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: rocksandbroncs

This only happened because the Feds were watching. Who knows how many other dirty deals are done daily.


23 posted on 08/17/2012 8:36:28 PM PDT by arrogantsob (Obama MUST Go. Sarah herself supports Romney.)
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