| Aug 17, 2012
| 1:46 PM
State lawmakers today kicked out a West Side Democrat accused of taking a $7,000 bribe, marking the first expulsion from the Illinois House since 1905.
Rep. Derrick Smith failed to show up to defend himself or hear his fellow House lawmakers condemn...
| Aug 24, 2012
| 2:33 PM
West Side Democratic leaders on Friday picked Chicago police officer Eddie Winters to fill the seat vacated by former Rep. Derrick Smith, who was kicked out of office over a federal bribery charge by his Illinois House colleagues last week.
| Sep 28, 2012
| 7:54 PM
A Cook County jury tonight convicted a man in the slaying of a high school basketball player during a melee outside a movie theater on Chicago's Southwest Side more than six years ago.
Eddie Fenton, 27, was found guilty of first-degree murder in the...
| May 23, 2012
| 8:05 AM
West Side Democratic leaders were unable to reach consensus Tuesday on a challenger to indicted Rep. Derrick Smith, but among the three finalists is the girlfriend of 28th Ward Ald. Jason Ervin.
Democratic committeemen will reconvene Wednesday to make...
| May 23, 2012
| 1:56 PM
West Side Democratic leaders today picked a onetime aide to former Cook County Board President Todd Stroger to run against indicted state Rep. Derrick Smith this fall.
The panel chose attorney Lance Tyson, who once worked for Stroger, over Chicago Police...
| Oct 5, 2012
| 10:51 AM
Officials from the Chicago Mayor’s Office and Illinois Secretary of State Department vowed Friday to continue their crackdown on the fraudulent use of disabled-parking placards in the city.
City and state police have confiscated 41 placards and...
| Jun 6, 2012
| 11:59 AM
An Illinois House panel today concluded that there are "reasonable grounds" to proceed further with a disciplinary process against a West Side Democratic lawmaker charged with bribery, a move that eventually could result in his expulsion.
| Jul 11, 2012
| 10:08 AM
Gov. Pat Quinn today signed into law a bill to kill the long-abused legislative scholarship program.
"Instead of scholarships going to those who truly deserve them and qualify for scholarships to go to college, too often the program was abused in a...
| Nov 7, 2012
| 5:11 AM
Indicted former state Rep. Derrick Smith was on his way Tuesday to writing a new chapter in Illinois political notoriety by regaining his House seat just months after being impeached and expelled over his arrest on federal bribery charges.
| Dec 7, 2012
| 4:08 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois drivers will pay $2 more for their license plate stickers next year thanks to a bill Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn signed Friday to pay for better upkeep and care of state parks.
The practical effect of the new law is that...
| Jul 23, 2012
| 11:10 AM
Drivers who illegally use handicap parking plates and decals soon will face stricter fines and penalties under legislation Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law today.
Starting Jan. 1, fines for unauthorized use of placards for people with disabilities will...