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Will Derrick Smith even be in Springfield for vote on his ouster?

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Will Derrick Smith face his accusers in the Legislature today or won't he?
The answer will come at 11 a.m. today, when the Illinois House convenes to take a take a historic vote that could lead to the West Side Democrat's expulsion from the legislative chamber.


Smith's lawyer, Victor Henderson, has announced a 2 p.m. press conference at his Chicago law office. The advisory indicated Smith would appear with Henderson to respond to the House's "action to remove him from office."
The advisory also reaffirmed that Smith intends to stay on the November ballot, where he'll square off against third-party candidate Lance Tyson, who has secured backing from key Democrats in Smith's district.
Henderson did not respond to a voicemail left at his office Friday morning about whether his client would be in Springfield.
The secretary in his legislative office at the Capitol told a reporter at about 10:15 a.m. that Smith was not there and that she didn't know if he would be.
"I haven't heard anything," the woman said, when asked if her boss would show up. "I couldn't tell you."

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