Former Chicago city clerk loses law license over Hired Truck scandal

| 5/22/2006

The highest-ranking city official to be implicated in Chicago’s Hired Truck scandal has lost his ability to practice law in the state of Illinois.

On Tuesday, May 16, the Illinois Supreme Court disbarred James Laski, the former Chicago city clerk. Laski pleaded guilty in March to bribery charges, and admitted to taking $48,000 in payoffs from private trucking firms.

According to The Associated Press, Illinois law requires a person to wait five years before he or she can apply for their law license again. For at least some of those years, that shouldn’t be a problem for Laski – he faces up to three years in prison for his transgressions.

To date, 44 individuals have been charged for their involvement with 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.