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
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