Some Say This Dem Took Bribes – So They Arrested Him

State Rep. Derrick Smith Arrested On Bribery Charge

CHICAGO (CBS) — A state lawmaker from the West Side was arrested on bribery charges on Tuesday.

Illinois State Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago) has been charged with one count of accepting a bribe. Federal prosecutors said Smith was arrested Tuesday, after an undercover investigation found he allegedly accepted $7,000 to write a letter of recommendation for a daycare center that he thought was seeking a state grant.

Since December, Smith and an unnamed political aide — who was cooperating with the FBI — had several discussions about helping a fictional daycare center owner obtain a state grant, in exchange for a political contribution. The daycare center itself was real, but the owner Smith was allegedly trying to help was fake, part of a sting by the FBI.

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