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
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.