Chicago politician found guilty of taking bribes

Jun 10, 2014

A Chicago politician was found guilty today of taking a 7-thousand dollar bribe.  Illinois State Representative Derrick Smith took the bribe in exchange for supporting a daycare center’s application for state money.

The FBI secretly recorded Smith with the help of an informant - who helped arrange the bribe.  In fact - Smith’s defense attorney says the informant pushed the bribe.  They say Smith wouldn’t have sought it out.

Smith sat stone-faced in the courtroom as jurors read their verdict.  Afterward - he told reporters he didn’t know why he was singled out by the FBI.

"We gave it a good fight. It’s God’s will. God knows the truth about it all and the jurors just didn’t see what God saw but we’re ok."

Smith - who represents Chicago’s West Side - now must vacate his seat in Springfield.  But he was already on his way out - after he was defeated in the Democratic primary earlier this year.