The last time I talked to Derrick Smith, he was telling me he wasn’t in a good place to have a conversation and that he’d call me back in “two seconds”—tops.

That was almost two weeks ago. Haven’t heard from him since. I’ve got that way with local politicians.

One more time . . .

Derrick Smith’s the Democratic candidate for state representative in the Tenth legislative district on the west side of Chicago.

He’s also the former state representative who was arrested and charged with taking a $7,000 bribe from an undercover mole pretending to want a state grant to operate a day care center.