A senior Illinois congressman is hopeful that the gridlock in Washington is over. Now that the president has won his second and final term in office, U.S. Rep. Danny Davis (D-Chicago) believes the bi-partisan bickering in Washington will subside and the nation can get together on putting people back to work.

“Rather than just the politics of the next election or the politics of next year, I’m hopeful that we will be able to deal with the needs of the American people and the needs of our country,” Davis said. “That’s my hope, that’s my plan and that’s what I’ll be working for.”

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On another matter, Davis says it was the people’s choice to vote for ousted State Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago). Smith was thrown out of the legislature after allegations that he accepted a bribe. But Davis believes the people “vote what they know” and many have Smith’s back.

“People have a tendency to vote what they know and understand and they also voted for Derrick because there are people who believe in this concept that you are innocent until proven guilty,” Davis said.

Once sworn in, Smith cannot be removed from the House on the same accusations. Only a conviction would force him from office.

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