The Illinois House began its investigative hearings on State Rep.
Derrick Smith (D-Chicago) after his arrest earlier this month on bribery
charges. Smith is accused of acceptiing a $7,000 bribe to recommend a day care center for a state grant. Smith did not appear at today's hearing.
After House Republican leaders called for an investigation into the charges against Smith, a committee was formed last week to investigate the 10th district representative. Smith easily won in last Tuesday's primary election against Tom Swiss. After getting support from some lawmakers to win the primary election, several Democratic leaders have called for Smith to resign, including Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Secretary of State Jesse White.
The next Smith hearing is set for April 9.