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Former Metra CEO Alex Clifford (CBS File Photo)

Metra Puts $1.3M Pricetag On Former CEO Clifford’s Departure

Metra has released a list of the money it has paid out in connection with the controversial departure of former CEO Alex Clifford, along with a number of reforms it has enacted as a result.

09/04/2014

Former Metra CEO Alex Clifford (CBS File Photo)

Former Metra Boss Lands New Job With California Bus System

Former Metra CEO Alex Clifford has a new job, and his former transit agency is off the hook for more than $200,000 of the compensation promised in the controversial severance agreement that sent him packing.

03/28/2014

James R. Thompson Center

Key Figure In Metra Scandal Gets Specially Crafted State Job

A key figure in last summer’s Metra transit scandal is now working for the state of Illinois in a recrafted job after a referral from Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.

10/16/2013

UP West Metra Train

Mayor Nominates Former Alderman Martin Oberman For Metra Board

Oberman fought machine politics in his days at City Hall, and frequently clashed with former Mayors Richard J. Daley, Michael Bilandic, and Jane Byrne. He was also an ally of former Mayor Harold Washington before Oberman resigned in 1987.

09/09/2013

Former Metra CEO Alex Clifford testifies before the RTA Board about political patronage allegations involving House Speaker Michael Madigan. (Credit: CBS)

Ousted Metra CEO Wants Job Back

A lawyer representing former Metra CEO Alex Clifford says his client would like to return to work at the embattled suburban Chicago transit agency.

08/22/2013

Former Metra CEO Alex Clifford (CBS File Photo)

RTA Board Slams Metra Board’s Severance Deal For Former CEO

Regional Transportation Authority board member William Coulson said former Metra chair Brad O’Halloran and director Larry Huggins sparked a clash with former CEO Alex Clifford over political hires at the agency.

08/21/2013

Former Metra CEO Alex Clifford testifies before the RTA Board about political patronage allegations involving House Speaker Michael Madigan. (Credit: CBS)

RTA Audit Says Settlement With Former CEO “Flawed”

The Regional Transportation Authority is putting the finishing touches on a sharply critical audit of former Metra CEO Alex Clifford’s severance agreement – and says the commuter rail agency could have gotten out of the contract for a fraction of the potential $718,000 cost.

08/20/2013

The Metra board of directors meets on Aug. 16, 2013, after five of its 11 members resigned, leaving just enough members for the quorum needed to take official action. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya)

Metra Board Meets For First Time Since CEO’s Ouster

Plagued by scandal and a series of resignations, the Metra board met Friday, with barely enough members to get any work done.

08/16/2013

Rep. Bobby Rush

Rep. Bobby Rush Denies Allegations Made By Former Metra CEO Alex Clifford

Congressman Bobby Rush is trying to counter what he calls innuendo and lies concerning his dealings with the embattled Metra commuter rail agency, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

08/06/2013

Brad O'Halloran, former Metra chairman. (Orland Park village website)

Metra Board Chairman Resigns Amid Payout, Patronage Scandals

Brad O’Halloran sent his letter of resignation to Cook County board members Thursday afternoon. He was among board members who OK’d a more than $700,000 severance deal with former Metra CEO Alex Clifford.

08/01/2013

UP West Metra Train

Metra Cancels Meeting To Appoint Investigator

A special Metra board meeting to vote on whether to launch an independent investigation into accusations raised by the agency’s former director has been canceled.

07/22/2013

Former Metra CEO Alex Clifford testifies before the RTA Board about political patronage allegations involving House Speaker Michael Madigan. (Credit: CBS)

Metra Wants Former Federal Prosecutor To Probe Clifford’s Patronage Claims

Metra has asked former federal prosecutor Patrick Collins to conduct an independent investigation of former CEO Alex Clifford’s patronage hiring allegations.

07/19/2013

Former Metra CEO Alex Clifford testifies before the RTA Board about political patronage allegations involving House Speaker Michael Madigan. (Credit: CBS)

Former Metra CEO Calls Madigan’s Requests ‘Moral Character Flaw’

Former Metra CEO Alex Clifford said Wednesday he does not believe House Speaker Michael Madigan broke any laws by requesting a pay raise for a political supporter, but believes it was “an ethical and moral character flaw.”

07/17/2013

Metra Train

Ex-Metra CEO To Testify About Madigan Patronage Claim

Ex-Metra CEO Alex Clifford will testify to the Regional Transportation Authority about how House Speaker Michael Madigan asked him to raise the pay of a Madigan campaign worker and to hire another friend of the powerful Southwest Side Democrat.

07/16/2013

Gov. Pat Quinn (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Gov. Quinn Denies Strain With Lisa Madigan

Governor Quinn and Lisa Madigan were together today at an event in Melrose Park, but the two had little to say to or about each other, reports WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger.

07/15/2013

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan

Madigan Asked Metra To Give Pay Raise To Associate

Powerful Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan said Thursday he asked senior staff at Metra to consider a pay raise for an associate who was employed at the commuter rail agency, but withdrew the recommendation after Metra’s then-CEO expressed discomfort over it.

07/12/2013

Metra locomotive (CBS File Photo)

Head Of Metra Board Defends Severance Deal For Former CEO

Metra Chairman Brad O’Halloran defended an expensive severance settlement with former CEO Alex Clifford, explaining the deal was cheaper than a potential lawsuit if Clifford were fired without a parting deal.

07/10/2013

UP West Metra Train

Metra Chairman To Face Questioning Over CEO’s Severance Pay

Riders are about to get some answers about the big payday Alex Clifford received in exchange for walking away from his job as Metra CEO eight months early.

07/09/2013

UP West Metra Train

Legislators To Hold Hearing On Metra’s Severance Deal For Ex-CEO

All 11 Metra Board members — as well as former Metra CEO Alex Clifford — are being asked to appear July 11 before a legislative committee delving into a hefty severance package that could reap Clifford nearly $750,000 over more than two years, lawmakers said Wednesday.

07/04/2013

UP West Metra Train

RTA Wants Answers On Former Metra CEO’s Severance Package

The Regional Transportation Authority board has called Metra’s chairman to appear at a special meeting July 10 to discuss the decision by the commuter rail agency’s board to approval a controversial severance agreement with CEO Alex Clifford.

07/02/2013

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