- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 21, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois is once again seeing a lawmaker’s legal troubles potentially tied to what gets done - and what doesn’t - at the state Capitol.

Rep. Derrick Smith’s lawyers wanted to postpone his May 28 bribery trial so he could be in Springfield to vote on “significant” legislation before the session ends May 31.

That includes a measure to make Illinois’ temporary income tax hike permanent.

But a judge in Chicago declined the request Wednesday.

That’s bad news for House Speaker Michael Madigan and other Democratic leaders struggling to get enough support to pass the tax hike. Madigan says the Chicago Democrat is among the “yes” votes.

Smith didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Republican Rep. Jil Tracy says: “Only in Illinois could you present a scenario like that.”

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide