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by Matthew Blake
4:02pm
Fri Nov 2, 2012

After The Illinois House Expelled Smith, Lawmakers Have Looked The Other Way During His Campaign

The Illinois state legislature does not hold summer sessions, but this year longtime Speaker of the House Mike Madigan, a Chicago Democrat, took the extraordinary step of bringing the Illinois House together for one day.

Madigan’s reason was to vote on expelling Derrick Smith, a West Side Chicago Democrat federally indicted for bribery. House members voted on August 17 100-6 to kick Smith out, the upper chamber’s first expulsion since 1905.

Madigan appeared to send the message that the state now took a zero tolerance approach to corruption, even when the subject in question was not proven guilty.

Today, Smith is favored to win election on Tuesday for the 10th district seat he lost in disgrace. And Madigan, along with some other powerful Land of Lincoln politicos, have done nothing to stop him.

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