The Illinois House meets today to talk pensions but also to vote on the expulsion of State Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago), who faces federal bribery charges. However, the Associated Press points out that Smith will stay on the November ballot as the Democratic nominee in the almost exclusively Democratic 10th District. Democratic party leaders have organized a "Unity Party" in the 10th District and nominated a candidate, Lance Tyson, to appear on the November ballot. But if Smith were to hold off Tyson and win re-election, the House would be barred from kicking him out twice under state legislative rules.
A date has not been set for Smith's criminal trial. The lawmaker has been largely missing in action since federal agents arrested him in March. As his House colleagues meet in Springfield today, Smith is expected to deliver a message in Chicago from the office of his lawyer, Victor Henderson.