CHICAGO (AP) — A federal jury in Chicago has convicted Illinois state Rep. Derrick Smith of bribery for taking $7,000 from a purported day care operator.
Jurors returned with their verdict Tuesday after deliberating about four hours over two days.
At trial, prosecutors played secret recordings of the 50-year-old Chicago Democrat allegedly accepting 70 $100 bills in exchange for a letter supporting a state grant. But it was all part of an FBI sting.
The recordings of Smith were made by a campaign worker-turned-informant.
After Smith’s arrest, the House voted to expel him. But he was reinstated after his late-2012 election win. He lost his 2014 primary and was supposed to finish his term. However, a conviction means he will lose his seat.
Steve Brown is spokesman for House Speaker Michael Madigan. He says Democratic committeemen from Smith’s district will appoint someone to fill the vacancy.
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