Ex-Illinois lawmaker gets 5 months for bribery conviction

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge has sentenced a Chicago Democrat to 5 months in prison for pocketing a $7,000 bribe from a purported day care for his backing of a state grant application.

The judge imposed the sentence on former state House Rep. Derrick Smith on Thursday in Chicago federal court. It includes a year of supervised release and 360 hours of community service.

Before the sentencing Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman cited Illinois’ history of political corruption, lamenting that Smith and other politicians “keep violating the public trust” despite many corruption trials. She also chided Smith for “never once” conceding what he did was wrong, including in his short statement to her minutes before.

The 51-year-old Smith told her that he has “lost everything” including the respect of his family.