Posted Online: Nov. 07, 2012, 8:41 am

Indicted ex-lawmaker elected to Illinois House

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CHICAGO (AP) A Chicago Democrat who was ejected from the Illinois House of Representatives because of a federal bribery charge has won his seat back.

Derrick Smith refused to take his name off the ballot after federal prosecutors claimed he accepted a $7,000 cash bribe in an FBI sting in exchange for what he thought was a letter of support for a daycare center's state grant application. He has pleaded not guilty.

Smith defeated 10th District Unity candidate Lance Tyson on Tuesday. Tyson had the support of regular Democrats including an endorsement from Gov. Pat Quinn who had abandoned Smith after his March arrest.

The Democratic-controlled House ejected Smith in August, but the Illinois Constitution prohibits expelling a lawmaker more than once for the same offense.