Arenda Troutman is denying any wrongdoing, following an investigation by the Chicago
Sun-Times that linked her family’s trucking company to the city’s corrupt
Hired Truck Program.
According to the Sun-Times,
Troutman’s then-husband, Charles Harris, created Hobtat Trucking Inc. in 1994,
four years after she became alderman for Ward 20. Hobtat changed ownership in
1996 to Mario Vulcain – Harris’ nephew – and joined Hired Truck two months
Hobtat received $1.1
million from the scandalous sewer and water department program, which gave city
work to trucking companies in exchange for bribes and political campaign
In a news
conference, Troutman said she had never profited from the company’s involvement
with Hired Truck, and denied helping create the company with her ex-husband.
“I’ve done nothing
wrong,” Troutman said. “I stand here to continue to say I had nothing to do
Williams-Bey, Troutman’s former ward superintendent, wrote a letter to federal
prosecutors and accused Troutman of putting the company in her nephew’s name to
mask her involvement, the Sun-Times reported.