investigation into the city of Chicago’s scandal-ridden Hired Truck program
seems to be never-ending, as five more individuals were indicted last week.
City Clerk James
Laski, who was preliminarily charged in a federal complaint the week before,
was formally brought up on charges Thursday, Jan. 26, of soliciting payoffs and
obstructing justice for his alleged involvement in the program.
Laski’s aide, Sam
Gammicchia, was also indicted in the investigation. Two other city employees –
Randy Alderman and Michael Jones – were also formally indicted for their roles
in the program, in which city employees took bribes and demanded political
contributions from trucking companies in exchange for lucrative city work.
One of the most
notable in the series of indictments was former Water Department employee John
Briatta. Briatta is a brother-in-law to John Daley, who is county commissioner
of Cook County and brother to Mayor Richard M.
Daley. Both Daley brothers have denied any involvement or wrongdoing in the
scandal, according to The Associated Press.
additions bring the total number of people indicted in the scandal to 42.
Twenty-five people have been found guilty or pleaded guilty, including 13 city
workers, and 20 people have already been sentenced, according to the Chicago