Derrick Smith refused to take his name off the ballot after federal prosecutors claimed he accepted a $7,000 cash bribe in an FBI sting in exchange for what he thought was a letter of support for a daycare center's state grant application. He has pleaded not guilty.
Smith defeated 10th District Unity candidate Lance Tyson yesterday. Tyson had the support of regular Democrats -- including an endorsement from Gov. Pat Quinn -- who had abandoned Smith after his March.
The Democratic-controlled House ejected Smith in August, but the Illinois Constitution prohibits expelling a lawmaker more than once for the same offense.