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Former Hired Truck Head Pleas Gulty; Won't Rat Out

By vouchey in News on Mar 18, 2005 8:20PM

Big Blue TruckAngelo Torres, one-time head of Chicago's Hired Truck program, pled guilty to extortion, conspiracy and other charges in federal court today. Torres admitted that he had been taking bribes of between $200-$300 from trucking companies to keep them in the lucrative $37 million city program. During his plea Torres "made it plain" that he was not willing to cooperate with federal investigators, who have indicted twenty-three people in charges related to Hired Truck.

Torres isn't the first to go down, that honor belongs to Martin McDonagh. Although Torres says he won't cooperate, the real prize for the feds should be John "Quarters" Boyle, a well-connected northwest side political operator. Of course, it may be coincidence that earlier this week Angelo's brother, Larry Torres, has been charged with ghost payrolling at the Streets and Santitation Department. Spooky.