Illinois House panel awaits details in alleged bribery probe
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois lawmakers investigating allegations of bribery against a state representative are waiting for any new information that may emerge from expected court proceedings.
The House Special Investigation Committee is postponing hearings scheduled for this week on the allegations against state Rep. Derrick Smith, D-Chicago.
The committee’s co-chairs, state Reps. Elaine Nektritz, D-Northbrook, and Dennis Reboletti, R-Elmhurst, announced in a letter the committee’s decision to postpone the hearings for several weeks. U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald is expected to announce a federal indictment of Smith this week in the Northern District of Illinois U.S. Court in Chicago.
In March, Smith was arrested on a federal bribery charge for allegedly accepting $7,000 in cash in exchange for writing a letter of support for a daycare center that he thought was seeking a state grant. Federal authorities set up the fictional daycare.
A federal bribery conviction would carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
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