The Illinois House has voted overwhelmingly to expel one of its own members.
On a vote of 100-6, the House removed Democratic Rep. Derrick Smith, who is facing federal felony charges for allegedly accepting a $7,000 bribe in exchange for steering a state grant to a day care center. Smith has not been tried or convicted of the charge yet, leading several members to argue that the expulsion vote was premature.
But overwhelmingly, House members agreed with Democrat Barbara Flynn Currie, who said whatever the outcome of the criminal case, there was evidence to show that Smith had violated his oath of office and should therefore lose his seat. The expulsion takes effect immediately. It was the first time in more than a century that the House had voted to remove one of its own members.