A judge in Chicago is expected to rule on an Illinois lawmaker's request to postpone his bribery trial so he can finish out the legislative session in Springfield. Representative Derrick Smith is a Chicago Democrat charged with accepting a $7,000 bribe. He is scheduled to go to trial May 28. The Legislature isn't scheduled to adjourn until May 31. US District Judge Sharon Johnson-Coleman is likely to rule on Smith's request during a hearing today. Smith wants Coleman to postpone the trial until June 2. He says there are "significant" pieces of legislation to be voted on between May 28 and 31. House Speaker Michael Madigan says Smith supports making Illinois' temporary income tax hike permanent. That measure is still short of votes needed for approval.
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