Tribune photo by Scott Strazzante
October 21, 2004
Donald Tomczak, the former head of Chicago's Water Management Department, exits the Dirksen Federal Building in Chicago on October 21, 2004. Tomczak was arrested on charges alleging he obtained thousands of dollars in cash, gift certificates and campaign contributions from trucking company operators seeking preferential treatment in the city's Hired Truck Program. He pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to just under four years in prison. He could have faced a much stiffer sentence but received leniency for his cooperation in the Hired Truck investigation. Tomczak was also the first person to tell prosecutors that former Chicago City Clerk James Laski took Hired Truck bribes, a revelation that led to Laski's resignation and his conviction for fraud.