Why Is It...
Former Chicago emergency management chief Cortez Trotter's consulting firm had contracts with companies owned by David Hernandez, a convicted felon currently on the run from federal charges he ran a Ponzi scheme that bilked investors out of $11 million.
Trotter, who was Chicago's first African-American fire commissioner before being promoted to chief emergency officer, said he met Hernandez at a Christmas party and was later contacted by him about establishing a business relationship.
- "It should be made clear that I had no involvement in any of Mr. Hernandez's financial dealings with any of his companies or any of his investors," Trotter said. "Like many others, the most recent checks written to me bounced.