Another Illinois politician is accused of corrupt behavior. Chicago Representative Derrick Smith (pictured) was arrested yesterday for allegedly accepting a seven-thousand-dollar bribe in exchange for securing a state grant for a daycare. The arrest comes just days before former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich heads to prison on charges of corruption.
U of I at Springfield Political Scientist Kent Redfield says you'd think politicians would've learned from the convictions of both Governors Blagojevich and George Ryan. He says too many Illinois politicians have a "what's in it for me" attitude as opposed to seeing their jobs as a service to the people in their districts.