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Dems pick temporary replacement for Derrick Smith

Friday, August 24, 2012

Democratic leaders in Springfield have announced a temporary replacement for ousted West Side Democrat Derrick Smith.

The Illinois House voted to expel Smith earlier this month.

Smith is accused of taking a $7,000 bribe in a federal sting operation.

Late Friday, leaders named Chicago police officer Eddie Winters to serve until January when a new state rep is sworn in.

Smith is still on the ballot this fall. He has denied any wrong doing.

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