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Currie, Durkin heading another state ethics panel

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  • Barbara Flynn Currie

    Barbara Flynn Currie
    Associated Press file photo

  • Jim Durkin

      Jim Durkin
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • State Rep. Derrick Smith is accused of taking a $7,000 bribe.

    State Rep. Derrick Smith is accused of taking a $7,000 bribe.
    Associated Press file photo

Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD -- Deciding the fate of Illinois politicians accused of misconduct is starting to become a habit for two state legislators.

Barbara Flynn Currie and Jim Durkin have been named to the top spots on the Illinois House committee that will decide whether to recommend expulsion for a member accused of bribery. The two also led the committee that impeached then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Currie is a Chicago Democrat. She was appointed chairwoman of the committee Monday.

Durkin is from Western Springs, and he was given the job of the committee's top Republican last week.

The pair will present evidence this summer against Rep. Derrick Smith, who's been accused of taking a $7,000 bribe. He denies the charge.

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