Madigan Lends Support To Indicted Lawmaker
Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is supporting a fellow state representative for re-election - who is also under indictment.
Chicago incumbent Derrick Smith has pleaded not guilty to taking a $7,000 bribe in exchange for supporting a grant.
After his indictment - his fellow House members voted to expel him.
But Smith was re-elected anyway.
Speaker Madigan - who also chairs the state Democratic Party - has given money to Smith’s campaign, even though Madigan voted to kick him out.
Steve Brown is Madigan’s spokesman. He says the Democratic Party supports its incumbents.
"In a country where you’re innocent until proven guilty, it’s something the voters will consider when they go to the polls," Brown said.
Smith faces Eddie Winters and Pamela Reaves-Harris in next week’s primary.
Both are supported by some aldermen.
Antwon Hampton and Beverly Perteet are also running.