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Chicago Dem arrested last week, reelected this week


Only in Chicagoland (emphasis mine):

State Representative Derrick Smith, a Chicago Democrat, has won his party’s nomination for the Illinois House even with his arrest on a federal bribery charge.

With 69 percent of precincts counted Tuesday night, Derrick Smith of Chicago had 77 percent of the vote compared to 23 percent for challenger Tom Swiss, a former Republican activist.

Smith, who was appointed to his seat last spring, was charged with bribery last week after federal authorities claimed he accepted $7,000 in exchange for supporting what he thought was a day care center's state grant application.

h/t GWP

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