Rep. Derreck Smith will rejoin his colleagues in the General Assembly for the time being. Under House rules they cannot boot him out a second time for the same offense. However, if he is convicted, the Illinois Constitution bars him from serving.
Before the report was released, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn was already trying to drum up support for an amendment to the
Since February 2007, Cook County Board President Todd Stroger has presided over a "war" as commissioners have battled over budgets, borrowing, and taxation.