Licensing scandal surfaces in Chicago City Hall

| 8/10/2005

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 Al Sanchez.

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.