Derrick Smith

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Illinois House of Representatives District 10
In office
March 24, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 12, 2013
Years in position 4
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$132/per session day
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
AppointedMarch 24, 2011
Term limitsN/A
Associate'sMalcolm X Junior College, 2003
Bachelor'sDePaul University, 2005
Office website
Campaign website
Derrick Smith is a Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives. Smith represents the 10th District. He was appointed in March 2011 to fill the vacancy left by Annazette Collins.[1]

Smith earned his associate's degree in Liberal Arts from Malcolm X Junior College in 2003. He went on to receive his bachelor's from DePaul University in 2005.


Campaign themes


Smith's campaign website lists the following issues:[2]

  • Jobs and Economic Development
Excerpt: "I am focusing on saving and creating jobs for our community and promoting economic development."
  • Education
Excerpt: "I understand the importance of a quality education for our children and for our adults. I want to be a strong supporter of improving our schools, keeping them open, and ensuring that schools and our kids have the right resources like computers and up-to-date books."
  • Seniors
Excerpt: "I will be a strong advocate for Seniors, ensuring that they receive the care and support they deserve and push legislation that protects their interests."
  • Youth and Young Adults
Excerpt: "The Youth are our future. I want to create a Youth agenda. An agenda that creates opportunities for our kids and young adults to have a brighter future."
  • Public Safety
Excerpt: "I want to work on strengthening the laws that protect us and work with other local officials like our aldermen to ensure our neighborhoods get a fair amount of policing and that the police are there to protect us."

Bribery charges

On March 13, 2012, Smith was arrested by federal agents and charged with bribery after he allegedly accepted $7,000 in return for supporting a $50,000 state grant to a day care center. Smith did not realize his deal was being struck with an undercover informant. The bribery charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years and a $250,000 fine. Smith has been released on a $4,500 personal bond.[3]

One of Smith's primary opponents, Tom Swiss, has called for Smith's resignation and withdrawal from the primary election.[3]

Committee assignments


Smith serves on the Human Services, Cities & Villages, State Government Administration, Appropriations-Public Safety, and Housing Committees.



See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2012

Smith is running for re-election to the 10th District seat in the Illinois House of Representatives in 2012. He defeated Tom Swiss in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012, and is unopposed in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Annazette Collins
Illinois House of Representatives District 10
Succeeded by