State Representative Derrick Smith

Illinois lawmaker convicted of bribery

Apr 23, 2015
Peoria Public Radio

A judge has sentenced a Chicago Democrat to 5 months in prison for pocketing a $7,000 bribe from a purported day care for his backing of a state grant application.  

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.

Closing arguments expected in Derrick Smith trial

Jun 9, 2014

A federal judge says she expects attorneys to make their closing arguments in the bribery trial of an Illinois state representative Monday.

Rep. Smith pleads not guilty to bribery charges

Apr 16, 2014

Illinois State Representative Derrick Smith was in federal court in Chicago Wednesday pleading not guilty to bribery charges. Illinois Public Radio’s Robert Wildeboer reports.

Representative Smith was arrested and charged with bribery two years ago. Earlier this month prosecutors added a second charge to the case filing something called a superseding indictment.