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
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.