A former city employee has been sentenced for his
involvement in Chicago’s Hired Truck scandal.
On Wednesday, May 31, former Dispatcher John Briatta was
sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for taking at least $5,400 in bribes
from trucking companies and steering city work toward those companies.
Briatta has had a higher profile than many Hired Truck
defendants because of his connections with the city’s highest-ranking political
family. His brother-in-law, John Daley, is the Cook County Commissioner. John
Daley’s brother, Richard M. Daley, is the mayor of Chicago.
To date, 45 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-three people – 19 of whom were city workers – have already been
sentenced, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.