One of the highest-ranking officials involved in Chicago's scandal-ridden Hired Truck program sidestepped sentencing today after being
admitted to the hospital for unspecified medical reasons.
Donald Tomczak, who formerly served as the second-in-command
for the city's Department of Water Management, was expected to receive his
punishment today for taking close to $400,000 in bribes from trucking company
leaders, as well as participating in illegal hiring practices.
If given the maximum sentence, he will serve up to 47 months
in federal prison.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Tomczak's condition
and specific symptoms were not being released. His sentencing has been rescheduled
for next Monday, Nov. 6.
Dozens have already been sentenced in the ongoing
investigation, in which trucking companies gave bribes and political
contributions to city officials in exchange for lucrative city work contracts.