Neither politics nor back pain will delay the start of State Representative Derrick Smith’s federal corruption trial next week.
The Chicago Democrat is also supposed to be in Springfield for the closing days of the legislative session.
Smith’s lawyer - Vic Henderson - wanted a delay for his client.
"He thought it was critical to be there for the last several days in order to represent the people in his district, and he made a request to do that," Henderson said.
But Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman says he should have planned ahead - and denied the request.