Rep. Smith Due In Court For Arraignment

A state lawmaker accused of bribery is due in federal court.  The arraignment of state Rep. Derrick Smith is scheduled for Monday before U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman.

The Chicago Democrat has been charged with accepting a bribe in exchange for using his influence to obtain a state grant for a daycare center. Smith was arrested March 13, days before Illinois’ primary election where he won the Democratic nomination despite his

Several state leaders have called for Smith to step down.  Smith’s attorney, Victor Henderson, says his client is innocent and he has no intentions of leaving office.

A special legislative committee is reviewing whether Smith should be removed from office. Chairwoman Elaine Nekritz says Smith will be asked to testify under oath as soon as this week.

-Associated Press

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