Quinn calls on Smith to resign day before hearing

March 26, 2012

By Andrew Thomason | Illinois Statehouse News

SPRINGFIELD — Less than 24 hours before the Illinois House begins investigative hearings into indicted state Rep. Derrick Smith, D-Chicago, Gov. Pat Quinn again called on the representative to resign.

“I really think Rep. Smith would do himself a favor by taking the advice of Secretary of State Jesse White and many, many others and resigning,” Quinn said at a news conference here.

Smith did not respond to messages left with his office for comment.

The freshman Democrat was charged earlier this month by federal authorities with accepting a $7,000 bribe in exchange for directing a $50,000 state contract to a daycare facility.

Smith was arrested March 13 but still managed to trample his primary challenger, Tom Swiss, on March 20.

If the House finds Smith guilty of misdeeds, his punishment could range from censure to expulsion.

“If he doesn’t resign, he should be aware that he may well indeed be expelled,” Quinn said.

Smith has not been to the statehouse since his arrest, despite the General Assembly having four days of session. 

Originally reported by Illinois Statehouse News. Read the original article here.

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