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IL house considers ejecting member

Fri, 17 Aug 2012 04:06:58 CDT
By: AP

The Illinois House might expel one of its members Friday. But Representative Derrick Smith still could be re-elected in November and return to Springfield. A special committee has recommended expulsion for the Chicago Democrat because federal prosecutors have charged him with taking a bribe. He has pleaded not guilty. A trial has not been set. The House may oust one of its own by a two-thirds vote, in this case, 79 of 118 votes. But the Illinois Constitution allows the drastic step only once for the same offense, and Smith has refused to back out of the fall election race.   The last time this happened was 1905. The ejected lawmaker, Chicago Democratic Representative Frank Comerford, returned to his post by winning the special election called to replace him.

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