Representative Derrick Smith was on the House floor today, his first appearance in the capitol since his arrest more than a month ago.
The Chicago Democrat was charged with bribery after he allegedly fell for an undercover sting. Authorities say Smith offered to write a letter supporting a grant request for a day-care center in exchange for seven-thousand-dollars in cash.
Democratic Representative Will Davis, also from Cook County, says it’s a good thing Smith is back to work. He spoke with Smith on his first day back to session.
DAVIS “We didn’t talk about anything in particular, certainly asked him how he was doing considering everything that’s been going on with him, said he was doing fine. As far as him coming back, certainly I see no challenges with him coming back, he’s still a member of the General Assembly. He still has duties and responsibilities to the constituents.”
When asked for comment on his return to Springfield, Smith avoided reporters.
A House committee is investigating the allegations against Smith, a process that could lead to his being kicked out of the legislature.