Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Indicted former Illinois lawmaker on way to winning state House race

The Chicago Tribune reports:
Indicted former state Rep. Derrick Smith was on his way Tuesday to writing a new chapter in Illinois political notoriety by regaining his House seat just months after being impeached and expelled over his arrest on federal bribery charges.
Check out the history here:
Smith, who has pleaded not guilty, refused to resign or get off the November ballot after his primary victory. That prompted party leaders to back Tyson and the Illinois House to boot Smith on a 100-6 vote, making him the first House member expelled in 107 years.
In most "normal " places this would be a problem for elected office, but:
with 98 percent of precincts reporting, Smith had 63 percent to 37 percent for Tyson in the battle to regain his seat.
Illinois voters feel comfortable with people like themselves.