The sentencing of a former city employee
involved in Chicago’s scandal-ridden Hired Truck program has been put on hold
while he undergoes cancer treatment.
Roger McMahon, a former Water Department
employee who took $50,000 in bribes from trucking companies in exchange for
city work, is undergoing chemotherapy for thyroid cancer, which has spread to
McMahon pleaded guilty in May, and faces up
to 14 months in prison. However, on Wednesday, Dec. 14, U.S. District Judge
Samuel Der-Yeghiayan agreed to postpone his sentencing while he goes through
This is not the first time problems with
defendants have arisen in the ongoing federal investigation, which to date has
netted charges against 37 people. In December 2004, Nick LoCoco, who oversaw
Hired Truck from within the Transportation Department and faced charges, died
after he was thrown from his horse in a freak riding accident.