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Illinois House expels representative

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A representative in the Illinois House has been expelled after being charged for bribery in federal court.

Chicago Democrat Derrick Smith is the first person expelled from the Illinois House since 1905 after lawmakers voted 100 to six in favor of his expulsion. Smith was charged for accepting a $7,000 bribe on what he believed to be a day care operation's state grant request in exchange for his support.

Although the democrat has been expelled, he is still on the ballot for the upcoming November election and may be re-elected to his position.

Smith pleaded not guilty to the bribery charge and a trial date has not yet been set.

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