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Lawmaker charged with taking bribe hands out legislative scholarships

Tue, 22 May 2012 11:39:19 CDT
By: AP

Lawmaker charged with taking bribe hands out legislative scholarships Bribery charges haven't stopped an Illinois lawmaker from handing out $185,000 worth of college scholarships. Representative Derrick Smith last week awarded the tuition waivers that every state legislator is allowed to give out. Two of his waivers went to people who did not live in his district as required by law. The State Board of Education blocked both of them. Smith was arrested in March and charged with taking a $7,000 bribe in exchange for helping a daycare center obtain a state grant. The Chicago Democrat denies the accusation. Legislation ending the legislative scholarship program has been approved by the General Assembly and now awaits the governor's signature.

   

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