have made a breakthrough in the case against Chicago’s Hired Truck program,
following a guilty plea and cooperation from a former city water department
official involved in the scandal.
former director of finance and administration for the Chicago Water Department,
pleaded guilty Monday, May 2, to one count of racketeering conspiracy and
admitted to accepting $200,000 in bribes from trucking companies, according to
the Chicago Sun-Times.
He also testified to
passing the bribes on to unnamed higher-ups in the program and is cooperating
with the FBI in pursuing those individuals, WBBM-TV reported. His
testimony will also play a key role in the trial of Donald Tomczak, former
Water Department boss and the alleged ringleader in the scandal, the station
indictment is the latest in a series of indictments in the troubled city
program, in which unnamed city officials solicited money from trucking
companies, with money going to politicians as high up as Mayor Richard Daley.
There is no indication that the politicians were aware of the wrongdoing, the Sun-Times reported.
Wesolowski is the
sixth person to plead guilty in the investigation. His plea agreement could
lower his punishment to as little as two years in prison and $25,000 in fines,
according to reports.