Another former Chicago city employee has been sentenced for his
involvement in the city’s scandal-ridden Hired Truck program.
Michael C. “Mick” Jones, a former worker in the city clerk’s office,
was sentenced Tuesday, Aug. 2, to one year and one day in federal prison on
Although Jones will face prison time, his cooperation in bringing down
his boss – former City Clerk James Laski – resulted in a reduced sentence,
Assistant U.S. Attorney Manish Shah told the Chicago
“If not for Mr. Jones, the city of Chicago would have a corrupt,
bribe-taking city clerk in office today,” Manish said.
Laski, who was snagged in the bribe-taking scandal after Jones and
other department insiders wore wires to work, pleaded guilty to bribery charges
in May. The former attorney is currently serving two years in prison, and has
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-eight
people – 24 of whom were city workers – have already been sentenced, according
to the Chicago Sun-Times.