Posted Online: March 22, 2012, 9:18 am
Madigan names committee to investigate lawmaker
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CHICAGO (AP) — A special committee of the Illinois House will conduct an investigation into a member who was charged with bribery.
House Speaker Michael Madigan and Minority Leader Tom Cross each named three members to the committee on Wednesday after five House Republicans requested it. That automatically triggered the committee under House rules.
Chicago Democratic Rep. Derrick Smith was arrested last week. Federal prosecutors allege he accepted a $7,000 cash bribe in exchange for his endorsement of a state grant application.
Smith overwhelmingly won his party's nomination for his Chicago district in Tuesday's primary.
Sara Wojcicki says the investigation will be closed to the public. If it finds reason for discipline, a separate committee will conduct a public hearing.