Politicians and business owners aren’t the only ones getting caught up
in the federal investigation into Chicago’s Hired Truck program.
On Wednesday, Feb. 15, Carl Edwards, a former truck driver, was charged
with one count of bribery for his involvement in the scandal-ridden program, in
which government officials took bribes and political campaign contributions
from trucking companies in exchange for lucrative work with the city.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times,
Edwards allegedly gave more than $5,000 in bribes between December 2003 and
Edwards is the 44th person to be charged in the ongoing investigation.
Twenty-eight people have pleaded guilty or been found guilty, including 15 city
workers, and 21 people have already been sentenced, according to the Chicago Tribune.