By Jayette Bolinski | Illinois Statehouse News
SPRINGFIELD – A House committee charged with determining possible discipline for indicted Rep. Derrick Smith will convene for the first time this week.
The House Select Committee on Discipline will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Chicago.
It’s the second step in a process that allows the House of Representatives to determine if Smith should face some kind of professional discipline.
Smith, a Chicago Democrat, was indicted in April on a federal bribery charge, after authorities recorded him allegedly accepting a $7,000 bribe. The case is pending in federal court in the Northern District of Illinois.
The first phase of the process involved the House Special Investigating Committee, which was formed to look into the allegations against Smith and determine if there was enough evidence to proceed with possible discipline. Members of that committee announced June 6 that there was sufficient reason to move forward.
The House Select Committee on Discipline is made up of lawmakers from both parties. It includes six Democrats – Barbara Flynn Currie, Edward Acevedo, Greg Harris, Camille Lilly and Kim du Buclet, all of Chicago, and Al Riley of Olympia Fields — and six Republicans – Chapin Rose, of Mahomet; Michael Connelly, of Lisle; Renee Kosel, of New Lenox; Sid Mathias, of Buffalo Grove; Chris Nybo, of Elmhurst; and Joe Sosnowski, of Rockford.
Two representatives, Lou Lang, D-Skokie, and Jim Durkin, R-Western Springs, will “try” the case, and the 12 other lawmakers will act as jurors who will “hear” the case. The jurors can recommend that Smith be exonerated, reprimanded, censured or expelled from the Legislature.
Any recommendation for punishment must go before the House for a vote. A two-thirds majority is required for action to be taken.