Hired Truck investigation nets two more arrests

| 7/19/2005

The ongoing federal investigation into Chicago’s Hired Truck program – which had previously netted charges against 28 people – is now being aimed at higher-ups in the city’s administration.

On Monday, July 18, two city officials – Robert Sorich, an employee with the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Mayor Richard Daley’s patronage chief, and Patrick Slattery, director of staff services for the Streets and Sanitation Department, were each arrested and charged with one count of mail fraud, the Chicago Tribune reported.

According to the Tribune, Sorich and Slattery operated a hiring scheme that gave preferential treatment to individuals with political clout, and pre-selected people for positions even prior to the interviewing process, so long as they were on what prosecutors called “the blessed list.”

If convicted of the charges, both defendants could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison.