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Metra Board To Seek Answers On Recent Weather Delays

Members of Metra’s board are expected to have some blunt questions Friday for a top-level official from the railroad that operates three of its commuter lines about its performance in the storms and bitter cold since the first of the year.

01/17/2014

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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

Don Orseno, a 40-year veteran of the railroad industry, was selected as Metra's interim executive director on Aug. 27, 2013. (Credit: CBS)

Metra Board Picks ‘Railroad Man’ As Interim Director

Don Orseno has been serving as Metra’s operations chief, and has been working in the railroad industry for 40 years.

08/27/2013

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

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Resignations Have RTA Head Pleading For New Appointees To Metra Board

After, another resignation from the Metra Board, the head of the Regional Transportation Authority is pleading with suburban official to appoint members to fill all the empty seats. WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore has the story.

08/15/2013

U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald discusses his decision to resign from his position by the end of June 2012, after more than 10 years in his job. (Credit: CBS)

Quinn Taps Fitzgerald, Former CTA Chair For Transit Reform Panel

Gov. Pat Quinn has appointed former U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald and former CTA Board chair Carole Brown to a panel tasked with recommending reforms for the Chicago area’s public transit agencies, in the wake of patronage allegations at Metra.

08/15/2013

Metra Train

Scandal-Plagued Metra Board May Lose Another Member

Another Metra board member may be on the verge of being forced from his seat.

08/14/2013

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

credit: Steve Hardy/CBS Digital Chicago

Metra Boss Steps Down, Taking More Than $400,000 In Severance

Metra executive director Alex Clifford has resigned, taking a $442,000 buyout as he leaves the commuter rail agency.

06/21/2013

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Metra Board Members Balk At Selling Station Naming Rights

Metra staff are getting unexpected pushback from some of the commuter rail agency’s board members over proposals to sell the naming rights to its stations and trains.

WBBM Newsradio–03/08/2013

Metra locomotive (CBS File Photo)

Riders Think Proposed Metra Fare Hikes Are Too Much

Riders told Metra’s chief executive officer at a public hearing in Homewood on Wednesday that the fare increases the agency has proposed are too much.

CBS Chicago–11/02/2011

Metra locomotive (CBS File Photo)

Metra Unveils Smaller Fare-Hike Plan

Metra is set to take a final vote on increasing fares, but not nearly as dramatically as originally planned.

CBS Chicago–10/14/2011

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