CHICAGO (AP) - A legislator convicted of taking a $7,000 bribe is losing his seat in the Illinois House.
A federal jury in Chicago on Tuesday convicted state Rep. Derrick Smith of taking a bribe from a purported day care operator.
Steve Brown is spokesman for House Speaker Michael Madigan. He says Smith will lose his seat once the judgment against him is officially entered. That typically happens shortly after a verdict is returned.
After Smith’s arrest, the House voted to expel him. But the Chicago Democrat ran again and won in 2012.
Smith lost his 2014 primary and was supposed to finish his term, which ends in early January.
Brown says Democratic committeemen from Smith’s district will appoint someone to fill the vacancy.