The city of Chicago
is facing yet another scandal as the unrelated federal investigation of the
Hired Truck program begins to draw to a close.
According to an
investigative report in the Chicago Tribune, three city workers were
given city truck-driving licenses without completing the necessary two-week
training, because of their ties with former Streets and Sanitation Commissioner
According to the
report, Sanchez, who retired in June, asked another worker to certify that the
three men – one of whom was Sanchez’s personal driver – had completed the
training and were ready to drive city trucks.
The allegations are
the latest in a series of scandals within Mayor Richard Daley’s administration.
In addition to the
Hired Truck case – a bribes-for-city-work scheme which has seen charges against
29 people and 12 city employees – investigators have also alleged “massive
fraud” in the hiring processes in several city departments, the Chicago
Sun-Times reported in mid-July.
Sanchez has so far
not been charged with any crimes.