Larry Huggins

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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 (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

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Fourth Metra Board Member Resigns

A fourth member of the Metra board has now quit following the blistering criticism that the commuter rail agency has faced over the buyout of its former chief executive officer.

08/02/2013

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

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Metra: Fare Increases Could Occur On Emergency Basis

The risks include a spike in fuel prices, severe snow or heat, a major derailment or a bridge failure.

10/12/2012

Metra locomotive (CBS File Photo)

Metra Seeks To Remedy On-Time Performance Slip

On-time performance at Metra has slipped last year, and the commuter rail agency’s chairman, chief executive officer and board want something done about it.

WBBM Newsradio–01/23/2012