CHICAGO (CBS) — The Regional Transportation Authority is shifting gears – from a developer as its board chairman to a politician and attorney who actually rides mass transit regularly.
State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale), 59, who has been runner-up in the past two Republican primary races for Illinois governor, was elected chairman Wednesday without a dissenting vote. Outgoing Chairman John S. Gates Jr. abstained from the vote, and suburban Cook county board member Michael Lewis was absent.
Dillard needed 11 of the 15 votes on the board. He replaces Gates, who has chaired the RTA board for the past four years.
“I have the best experience that there is, and that’s being a rider most of my life,” he said.