James J. Laski
Author and Speaker
Mr. Laski speaks on a wide variety of subjects
tailored to specific or general audiences. From
his blockbuster book, My Fall From
Grace, to conditions and
rehabilitation programs in the Federal
Corrections Institute, inspirational talks on
ethics to youth groups, in depth discussions of
ethics for the legal and business world or a
view of past, present and future Politics in the
City of Chicago, State of Illinois and beyond.
Mr. Laski's breadth of knowledge, real-life
experiences, insights and philosophy are a
potent mix to inform, entertain and fuel
discussion long into the future.
Laski Speaking Engagements:
In this election year, people are eager to learn
more about the political system that nurtures
and supports such current politicians as
Illinois Senator Barack Obama, himself a product
and beneficiary of Chicago politics.
Universities students and political
science/justice faculty are a natural audience.
Mr. Laski can explain to Civil Liberty Union
groups, civic organizations, and businesses that
minimum security federal prisons are definitely
NOT glorified summer camps or country clubs. His
current book has been banned by the Federal
Bureau of Prisons across the nation, due to its
open and candid criticism of Morgantown Federal
Corrections Institute's dehumanization and
deplorable nutritional, sanitary, and health
He is also qualified to speak to youth groups
about the dangers of falling prey to the
temptations of political prestige and money, and
deliver valuable cautionary messages to such
Mr. Laski can draw on his prior career as a
lawyer, and as a business and advertising
consultant, to speak on legal and business
ethics to groups.
Born and raised on the southwest side of
Chicago, Jim Laski graduated from St. Laurence
High School. He received a Bachelor of Arts
degree from Lewis University in Lockport,
Illinois, graduating cum laude in 1975. He was
awarded a Juris Doctorate degree from Northern
Illinois University in 1978.
Laski rose up through the political ranks of
then Alderman Lipinski before finally becoming
chief of staff for the newly elected Congressman
Lipinski. He then advanced his political career
by becoming Chicago’s 23 Ward Alderman.
His many responsibilities as Chicago City Clerk
included maintaining official records of city
government, publishing the Journal of
Proceedings of the Chicago City Council, issuing
all business licenses, liquor and other city
licenses and the sale of more than 1.2 million
vehicle stickers and over 60,000 residential
permit parking permits. As Clerk, he was the
second highest-ranking city official and oversaw
the most visited office in City Hall.
While serving his third term in office, Laski
pleaded guilty to taking $48,000 in payoffs to
get companies into the city's Hired Truck
Program following a two-year federal
investigation of the scandal-plagued program
that was designed to save money by outsourcing
the city's hauling work to private truckers but
which prosecutors said was awash in corruption.
He plead guilty to one count of bribery and was
sentenced on May 25 2006.
Jim paid his debt to society, serving 11 months
in the Federal Penitentiary in West Virginia.
While in prison Jim wrote a hard-hitting book,
My Fall from Grace: City Hall to
Prison Walls, which became a top
political seller. The book covers his early
political life exposing Chicago style politics,
through the “Hired Truck Scandal and his time in
prison. His scathing incitement of the federal
prison system resulted in his book being banned
in federal penitentiaries across the country.
Jim currently has been speaking about his
politics, ethics and the Federal Penitentiary
System to audiences across the country. He and
his family, wife Kathleen, daughter Nina and
twin sons, Jack and Bobby, still reside in
Chicago’s 23rd ward.
People are Talking:
"Mr. Laski was extremely gracious and
generous with his time, and treated students
and faculty to a highly stimulating talk
about his experiences in the world of big
City Chicago politics under Mayor Richard M.
" The authors riveting cautionary
messages should resonate strongly with such
audiences, as well as with many businesses
and youth groups. "
|My Fall From Grace,
City Hall to Prison Walls is the story of
James J. Laski, Jr., former Chicago City Clerk, and
his fall from the second-highest elected position in
the city to his incarceration in a West Virginia
federal prison for his role in the infamous Hired
Truck Program scandal. It is the story of big city
politics, betrayal at both political and personal
levels, and the dehumanization of federal prison and
its drug and rehabilitation program. This book takes
readers where many have never been before: literally
behind City Hall walls and prison gates, to tell a
truly inspiring tale of success, downfall, faith,
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