Chicago Mayor Daley hires new city clerk

| 10/10/2006

Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley has hired a new clerk to replace James Laski, who was convicted in March for his involvement in the city’s scandal-ridden Hired Truck program.

State Sen. Miguel del Valle, D-Chicago, will step down from his role in the state’s legislature to fill the new position. Politically, the progressive del Valle has opposed the more conservative Democrat Daley, having endorsed a rival Democratic candidate in a 1995 mayoral primary, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

The new city clerk also has historically fought for Hispanic empowerment in government, and opposes the Hispanic Democratic Organization, a group that has been tied to a number of hiring scandals within the city’s government, according to the Sun-Times.

Laski is one of 45 individuals who have been charged for their involvement in Hired Truck, in which trucking company owners gave bribes and political contributions to city officials in exchange for lucrative work with the city.

Thirty-seven people have pleaded guilty or have been found guilty. Twenty-nine people – 25 of whom were city workers – have already been sentenced, according to the Sun-Times.