Mayor Daley announces future of Chicago's Hired Truck program

| Friday, July 29, 2005

Chicago mayor Richard Daley is sending mixed messages about the future of the city’s beleaguered Hired Truck program.

Thursday, July 28, Daley announced that the current version of the outsourced trucking program – which has faced a massive federal corruption investigation – is now working much better, the Chicago Tribune reported.

However, Daley – who earlier this year announced he would end the scandalous program – said this week he would hire an outside firm to manage the program’s trucking services.

According to the Tribune, four companies – Allied Waste Transportation, Ox-Cart Trucking, Chicago Trucking MD and Precise Industrial Services – are being considered for the program.

However, Allied – which already has a $128 million contract with the city for its recycling program – is unlikely to receive the bid, since it would generate to much political heat for Daley, who has come under fire for his involvement with Hired Truck. Daley’s administration has denied any connection with the scandal, which has generated charges against 31 individuals.

“We are carefully analyzing this,” Daley Press Secretary Jacquelyn Heard told the Tribune. “We don’t want to make a decision that ultimately turns out to be the wrong one.”

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