Despite his indictment on bribery charges, Illinois Democratic leadership is still supporting State Rep. Derrick Smith with a fundraiser this coming Monday, February 17.
The hosts for the event include State Rep. Rita Mayfield, Chairwoman of the Black Caucus; State Rep. Ken Dunkin, Chairman of the Joint Black Caucus; and Assistant Majority Leaders Chuck Jefferson, Arthur Turner and Al Riley.
House Speaker Michael Madigan also supports Smith, and has sent money and staff to help his reelection effort.
Smith, who was originally appointed to his seat in the Illinois General Assembly after being fired from his city job for having employees do private landscape work on taxpayer time, was indicted on bribery charges in 2012. He was then expelled from the Illinois House of Representatives by a vote of 100 to 6 on August 17, 2012. However, Smith was still on the ballot for the November 2012 General Election. He won that election, reclaimed his seat, and was sworn into office on January 9, 2013.
Smith will not be subject to a second expulsion, but would be automatically removed from office if he is convicted of the federal bribery charge at his trial, which begins this May.