Illinois lawmaker loses House seat due to felony conviction

SPRINGFIELD - Elected officials are stripped of their seats following a felony conviction due to a law in Illinois, which means Derrick Smith will lose his state House seat after being convicted this week of taking a $7,000 bribe.

Guilty verdicts for one count each of bribery and attempted extortion were formally entered into the U.S. District Court docket on Wednesday.  After the Chicago Democrat's arrest, the House voted to expel him.  However, he ran again and won in 2012.  Smith then lost his 2014 primary, and in January his term in office was to end.

Someone will be appointed by committeemen from Smith's district to fill the vacancy.
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