A special legislative panel is scheduled to hold its final disciplinary hearing against indicted State Rep. Derrick Smith, D-Chicago, next Thursday, but Smith's attorneys want that timeline pushed back.
Smith was arrested in March on charges that he accepted a $7,000 bribe in exchange for helping a day care center get a state grant.
Although he's pleaded not guilty in federal court, there's no requirement that the General Assembly wait for a final verdict. The Illinois House is free to mete out punishment -- including taking away his seat.
Republicans in the redrawn 90th Illinois House District are attempting to prevent Thomas Boken Jr. of DeKalb from appearing on the November ballot to oppose Tom Demmer of Dixon for retiring state Rep. Jerry Mitchell’s seat.
The Illinois House is divided over a measure that would bring major changes to the state's pension system. The plan was approved by a committee on Tuesday. But it ignited a tense debate on the House floor.