Could the Feds Do More to Clean Up the Illinois Corruption Problem?

Considering that local State’s Attorneys seem to be hamstrung when they go after fellow officeholders, perhaps my title is too harsh. After all, throughout my lifetime, it has been pretty much the U.S. Attorney’s Office and newspapers that have gone … Continue reading

The Government’s Press Release on State Rep. Derrick Smith’s Bribery Conviction

A press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office: ILLINOIS STATE REP. DERRICK SMITH CONVICTED OF TAKING $7,000 BRIBE CHICAGO — Illinois State Rep. DERRICK SMITH (10th District) was convicted today on federal corruption charges for accepting a $7,000 cash bribe … Continue reading

Appointed Chicago State Rep. Derrick Smith Arrested by Feds for Accepting a Bribe

A press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office: (The Criminal Complaint, which really provides insight into this dark alley of Chicago politics, can be found here.) STATE REP. DERRICK SMITH ARRESTED ON FEDERAL BRIBERY CHARGE CHICAGO — Illinois State Rep. … Continue reading