The Illinois House will hold a special session next month to decide whether one of its members should be kicked out.
House Speaker Mike Madigan has called the House into session on August 17th for an expulsion vote against Representative Derrick Smith. The Chicago Democrat is under federal indictment for allegedly accepting a $7,000 bribe in exchange for helping a day care center land a state grant.
That special session of the House next month may have more than one item on the agenda. Governor Pat Quinn says as long as lawmakers are here to decide the fate of Derrick Smith, they should also take action on pension reform.
Lawmakers have been told to plan to be in session for just one day, but a spokesman for the Illinois House did not rule out the possibility that pension reform could be acted upon.