An employee in Chicago’s city clerk’s office was fired Wednesday, March
22, about a week after he pleaded guilty to bribery charges.
Michael Jones, who pleaded guilty to passing bribes to former City
Clerk James Laski as part of the scandal-ridden Hired Truck program, is no
longer working for the city. According to the Chicago
Tribune, Jones had planned to hang onto his position as long as
possible, in order to keep his pension.
On Thursday, March 16, Jones admitted to giving bribes Laski, who
pleaded guilty to his own bribery charges Friday, March 17.
According to the Tribune,
Jones played a key role in the federal investigation that led to Laski’s
implication. Because of his cooperation, he is expected to receive a reduced
sentence of one year of home confinement and no jail time, the newspaper
To date, 44 individuals have been charged in the ongoing federal
investigation into Hired Truck, in which trucking companies gave bribes and
political contributions to city employees in exchange for lucrative contracts
with the city. Thirty-four people have pleaded guilty or have been found guilty.
Twenty-one people – 17 of whom are city workers – have already been sentenced,
according to the Chicago Sun-Times.