A former high-ranking political adviser has pleaded guilty
to one count of obstructing justice for his involvement in Chicago’s
scandal-ridden Hired Truck program.
Salvatore “Sam” Gammicchia, who previously worked as a
campaign coordinator for former Chicago City Clerk James Laski, entered his
plea Tuesday, May 9.
Gammicchia coached Mick Jones, a trucking company owner,
into giving false testimony before a grand jury, in order to help get Laski off
the hook for bribery charges. According to the Chicago Tribune, Gammicchia
also threatened Jones with physical harm if he didn’t cooperate.
At his July 18 sentencing, Gammicchia could face up to three
years in federal prison for his crime. Laski pleaded guilty in March for
accepting more than $50,000 in bribes.
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-seven people have pleaded guilty or have been
found guilty. Twenty-two people – 18 of whom were city workers – have already
been sentenced, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.