Monday, January 26, 2009

Chicago Corruption Like father Like Son

The Hired Truck Program was a scandal-plagued program in the city of Chicago that involved hiring private trucks to do city work. It was overhauled in 2004 (and phased out beginning in 2005) after an investigation by the Chicago Sun-Times revealed that some participating companies were being paid for doing little or no work, had mob connections or were tied to city employees. Truck owners also paid bribes in order to get into the program[1].

The Hired Truck Program officially came to an end Monday, September 18, 2006. At the end of the work day on Friday, September 15, 2006, the final eight Hired Trucks were laid off permanently.

Lets go back to an article I found from 1964 :
Almost every week details revealed of a new scandal. This week it is the story of how supervisors & other employees of the city departments make huge profits by renting fleets of trucks to the city. Some of the city payrollers direct their fleets in air conditioned Cadillacs others drive trucks in their private businesses while they should be doing work for which they are paid by the city.
The phony job titles, the fake overtime payments the prevaling wage racket and the contracts to political favorite.
How long are the taxpayers going to put up with this
Article 1961 : Daley defends his administration in the face of charges by a republican leader that it is a political machine which breeds corruption
They asked in 1964 how long are the taxpayers going to put up with it.
Fourty-Five years later things haven't changed!

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