Number 29 sentenced in Hired Truck case

| 8/17/2006

A political consultant and cohort of former Chicago City Clerk James Laski has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for his involvement in the city’s Hired Truck program.

On Wednesday, Aug. 16, Sam Gammicchia was sentenced on obstruction of justice charges, for threatening violence against Laski aide Michael Jones if he testified against Laski in the federal investigation.

Both Laski and Jones have already pleaded guilty for their involvement in the Hired Truck debacle, in which trucking companies gave bribes and political contributions to city employees in exchange for lucrative contracts with the city.

To date, 45 individuals have been charged for their involvement. Thirty-seven people have pleaded or have been found guilty. Twenty-nine people – 25 of whom were city workers – have been sentenced, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.