Major figure pleads guilty in Chicago's Hired Truck Program

| Thursday, April 14, 2005

A major figure in Chicago’s corrupt Hired Truck Program pleaded guilty on April 5 to taking bribes from truck companies, Chicago-area newspapers reported.

John “Quarters” Boyle, a former low-level city worker from Norwood Park, pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud and an IRS tax count. Boyle is not cooperating with prosecutors on the case, according to published reports in The Chicago Tribune and The Chicago Sun Times. However, his guilty plea will get his other 11 charges dismissed, prosecutors told the publications.

So far 27 individuals, 14 of them former city employees, have been charged in the scandal, according to published reports. The list of convictions includes Angelo Torres, former director of the Hired Truck Program; Jason Martin, a city employee; and Martin McDonagh, a trucking company operator. Nick LoCoco, a Chicago Transportation Department employee had also pleaded guilty to charges, but he died in a horse-riding accident in December.

Prosecutors told the two publications Boyle took thousands of dollars in bribes from trucking companies in exchange for continued work within the city program. Additionally, he solicited the companies for political contributions, including money for Cook County Commissioner John Daley’s 11th Ward Democratic Organization.

Boyle’s sentencing is scheduled for late July. His guilty plea could have him facing 23 years in prison, although prosecutors will seek an 8-year term, according to The Chicago Tribune.