The new General Assembly that was sworn in Wednesday has an unwelcome distinction… it includes three members who are currently facing criminal charges.
It’s not the first time that many lawmakers have been under indictment at once, although it hasn’t happened for decades.
This time only one of the charges stems from alleged political corruption… the bribery charge against Representative Derrick Smith, who was sent back to the House by voters after being expelled from the chamber last year.
The other cases involve allegations of private misconduct… a bank fraud charge against Representative LaShawn Ford and a gun charge against Senator Donne Trotter.
All three accused lawmakers are Chicago Democrats.