* The AP reports that Leader Cross isn’t yet ready to take action against indicted state Rep. LaShawn Ford…
The top Republican in the Illinois House says it’s too early to make a recommendation on whether the Legislature should take action on the indictment of a state representative on federal bank fraud charges.
House Minority Leader Tom Cross calls the charges “very serious and very troubling” but says lawmakers need more information.
* And neither is Rep. Sacia…
Derrick Smith, who maintains his innocence, was arrested earlier for allegedly taking a bribe and kicked out of the House.
“I see them as two very, very different issues,” said Republican State Rep. Jim Sacia, who helped lead the charge to oust Smith because the alleged bribe had to do with his official duties as a representative.
But Sacia said Ford’s accusations do not involve his official office responsibilities, so he’s not calling for his resignation.
Sacia, a former FBI agent, filed the original House charges against then-Rep. Smith.
* The Question: Do you agree with Rep. Sacia that since Rep. Ford’s indictment didn’t include his official responsibilities that the House should not vote to expel Ford? Take the poll and then explain your answer in comments, please.