Former Illinois state representative had ties to Hired Truck scandal

| Friday, December 23, 2005

A former Representative for the state of Illinois has been given probation for election fraud, but it's her relationship with the city's scandal-laced Hired Truck program that's raising eyebrows.

On Wednesday, Dec. 21, Patricia Bailey, who served on the state legislature for Chicago's South Side district, was sentenced to two years' probation and 100 hours of community service for lying about having a home address in her district, which made her ineligible to hold office there.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times , Bailey – who was elected in 2002 with help from 11th Ward Democratic Organization – received about 20 percent of her campaign contributions from eight trucking companies involved in Hired Truck, three of which were found by investigators to have given bribes in exchange for city work.

After her sentencing, Bailey told the Sun-Times Wednesday that she was unaware of the trucking companies' donations to her campaign, and denied any intentional involvement with the Hired Truck scandal.

“If you're trying to implicate me in some truck-for-hire crap, get real,” Bailey said. “I got enough problems – don't be linking me with them.”

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