On September 19, 2007, Several minority trucking company owners who were participants
in the City of Chicago's Hired Truck Program, each representing their own company individually as Pro Se Plaintiffs;
filed a $40 million lawsuit against the former HTP director, Tom Kness, former Office of Budget & Management director
Paul Volpe, Mayor Richard M. Daley and the City of Chicago,
Circuit Court of Cook County and Federal Court
both tried to make it seem that one man, Jaime Hernandez, was representing each firm including his own,
which was never the case. Mr. Hernandez is NOT AN ATTORNEY, and
does NOT practice law, he is just simply a trucking company owner and driver who was cheated
by the City of Chicago, Tom Kness, Mayor Daley and Paul Volpe.
The judge who was
assigned to Hernandez's case in Federal Court, Judge Ronald A. Guzman and one or more of his clerks committed
acts that were illegal, which include remanding Hernandez's case to Circuit Court, (How could he remand a case that
was already in Circuit Court?), refunding one of the Plaintiff's filing fees to Hernandez, which was illegal. Hernandez
has made several attempts to give the check to various judges in the cases and the Defendant's Attorney,
John Schomberg, they all refuse to accept the check. Why?? Because that they know that it was illegally tendered to Hernandez,
and are somehow engaging in a scheme to make it appear that Hernandez is the Attorney of Record for each of the other
Plaintiffs (As you will see in some of the documents listed below). The ONLY way that they can beat
him is by lying and cheating.
Below you will find documents that were filed in our lawsuit against the
City of Chicago, which was filed in Cook County Circuit Court and Federal court. Also see the check that was illegally tendered
to Hernandez's company with the case number of another Plaintiff.
This will be updated as documents
become available. (In case there are some who cannot make out the writing on the "COMPLAINT" it says: The
plaintiff(s) claim(s) as follows: We were participants in the City of Chicago's Hired Truck Program when the City of Chicago
broke our contracts by firing us and ending the program. The City claimed that they could save millions by ending the Hired
Truck Program and lease tractors and trailers from companies such as Will Rent and SES. A meeting with officials from the
Hired Truck Program was held in which we proposed several ideas to them; that if they kept us on, that it would be at a savings
to taxpayers; instead of their idea of leasing equipment, which does not save because the city is paying them twice as much.
Some of the ideas that we also proposed were: to become union, a small rate increase of $5.00 to offset the high cost of liability
insurance ($2 million); and faster payment for work that had already been completed. (On one occasion, we waited one year
for a payment.) Everything that we asked for was not unreasonable, despite working since 1999 for the same rates, we were
turned down. The city required us to re-certify and to pay a $250 re-certification fee, (It was not time to re-certify yet).
The city also required GPS on our trucks and mandatory recertification of our equipment. Keeping drivers was virtually impossible
as the city played around with our money and also with the work they would give us. Some companies that were in the program
were in so much debt, that they went bankrupt. Inspectors were sent to our business, our trucks were followed. We were discriminated
against by the City of Chicago on the grounds that at the time the City fired us, there were mostly minority companies left.
This all had to do with clout and corruption, those who have clout and participate in corruption are still working for the
City of Chicago in one form or another.)