Hospitalization delays sentencing of high-ranking Hired Truck figure

| 11/1/2006

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.