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October 2, 2014, 5:26 am
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New Legislature Includes Three Members Facing Criminal Charges


The new session of the General Assembly begins with a situation the state hasn't seen for decades... three members of the newly-sworn in legislature are currently facing criminal charges.

 

All three are Chicago Democrats, but their cases are very different.  Rep. Derrick Smith was expelled from the House last year after being indicted on bribery charges.  But he ran for the seat again and was elected; under state law, he cannot be expelled twice for the same offense.

 

Rep. LaShawn Ford is accused of making false representations to get a bank loan.  And Sen. Donne Trotter is facing felony charges for bringing a gun on board a plane in a carry-on bag.

 

All three could stand trial this year, and could face the loss of their seat if convicted.

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