Brad O’Halloran

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

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

State Sen. Bill Brady Calls For Metra Shake-Up

State Senator Bill Brady says Metra has lost its ability to be effective, reports WBBM’s John Cody.

07/31/2013

credit: Steve Hardy/CBS Digital Chicago

Lawmaker Seeks ‘Wholesale Change’ At Metra After Latest Scandal

A state lawmaker thinks the Metra chairman’s violation of a ban on outside government pay should be the last straw for the entire Metra board.

WBBM Newsradio–07/30/2013

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

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

A Metra Commuter Train (Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

After Big Sales Drop, Metra Might Resume 10-Ride Discount

Metra Chairman Brad O’Halloran said that he would ask the Metra board at its next meeting, in August, to roll back the price of the ticket to pre-February levels, when the 10-ride ticket was sold for the price of nine rides.

07/11/2013

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