Derrick Smith, indicted ex-lawmaker, elected to Illinois House

November 6, 2012 7:47:34 PM PST
Indicted and expelled former 10th District State Representative Derrick Smith won back his seat.

The Democrat faced Unity candidate Lance Tyson and write-in Democrat Eddie Winters.

Smith refused to take his name off the ballot after federal prosecutors claimed he accepted a $7,000 cash bribe in an FBI sting in exchange for what he thought was a letter of support for a daycare center's state grant application. He has pleaded not guilty.

Tyson had the support of regular Democrats - including an endorsement from Gov. Pat Quinn - who had abandoned Smith after his March arrest.

The Democratic-controlled House ejected Smith in August, but the Illinois Constitution prohibits expelling a lawmaker more than once for the same offense.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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