On the front page of Chicago Sun-Times was a picture of John Polishak, a Chicago Department of Water Management Caulker, in the Brown’s Chicken Massacre Jury. “Hang-em high Polishak” wanted the death penalty.
Gravel theft charges dropped against 2 city workers
Chicago Sun-Times, Jun 22, 2001 by FRAN SPIELMAN
A judge has dismissed misdemeanor theft charges against two laborers for the Chicago Water Department, ruling that there was no evidence they knew that the load of gravel they dumped in the driveway of one of the workers belonged to the city.
The surprise ruling by Circuit Judge Mark Ballard marks the latest in a series of legal setbacks for city Inspector General Alexander Vroustouris, whose investigative tactics have been under fire by Chicago aldermen.
Earlier this year, Chicago taxpayers paid an electrician assigned to O’Hare Airport $232,000 in back pay-the equivalent of nearly four years’ salary-after a judge overturned a residency case put together by the inspector general’s office.
Now Ballard has ruled in favor of John Polishak, a $29.65-an-hour caulker, and Robert Depietro, a $23.35-an-hour laborer.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported in March that Polishak and Depietro had been placed on administrative leave after allegedly driving off with a private contractor’s leased truck and dumping up to a ton of city-owned gravel in Depietro’s driveway. The incident was videotaped by city investigators, who had staked out Depietro’s home in the 4800 block of North Montclare. And the inspector general allegedly found that Polishak altered time sheets to cover up the dumping.
I cannot believe John Poliskak did not have a conflict sitting on this jury. I mean, John was falsely accused by the Chicago Inspector General, right? On a personal level, John is a very hard worker and almost paranoid of losing his job again. I must say those Chicago Department of Water Management employees sure get in the newspaper quite a bit, don’t they? Chicago Clout Patrick McDonough.
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