State Representative Derrick Smith (D-Chicago)A federal judge has denied state Representative Derrick Smith's request to delay his bribery trial until after the end of the legislative session at the end of the month.  The decision means Smith may not be on hand to cast a crucial "yes" vote to make the temporary income tax hike permanent. 

Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman told Smith's attorneys that they should have known that the May 28th trial date was in conflict with the legislative session when they agreed to it. 

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