Mapping a mess

08/29/2012 10:00 PM

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Over the course of the last year and a half, Illinois' 10th District state House seat has been a mess, with three different people holding the spot.

Derrick Smith's arrest in March 2012 was the biggest event by far, but there was more before that - and there's more yet to come. To help you sort through it, here's a rough timeline.

Mapping the mess

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By Matt W. from Dearborn Park
Posted: 08/30/2012 5:06 PM

Sam, that's a nice idea - but Smith had already qualified for the ballot. Illinois law has no provision for a special election in these circumstances - or for legislative races period. Even if there were, it was 1 week before the election, the ballots had already been printed. If there is one thing I agree on, its that Jesse White made some very poor decisions with this.

By Sam from Far West Side
Posted: 08/30/2012 10:43 AM

It became a mess when Smith was not removed from the ballot when he was arrested. Also made it worst when Tom Smith, a former republican, decides out of the blue to run for the seat. And that ad with the black guy picture with his name didn't help. There should been a special election for the voters in the district, not the so-called committee, around May/June for the November ballot. That way anyone who thought about running for this seat would had a chance.