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Former Transit Board Member Accused Of Misconduct

The state’s top ethics watchdog accused former RTA member and South Side minister Tyrone Crider of misconduct for steering a investments to a South Side bank to which he owed money

02/21/2014

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

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

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BGA: Overhaul Transit Boards To Change ‘Culture Of Corruption’

A government watchdog group said Wednesday that the resignations of two Regional Transportation Authority board members this week pointed to larger, troubling issues for the Chicago area’s transit agencies.

WBBM Newsradio–08/07/2013

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RTA Board Member Quits After State Grant Controversy

A South Side reverend, who was ordered in January to pay back a $91,000 state grant after he couldn’t account for how it was spent, resigned Wednesday from the Regional Transportation Authority.

08/01/2013

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

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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

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RTA To Apologize For Calling Paratransit Vans A ‘Limousine’ Service

The chairman of the Regional Transportation Authority is expected to issue an apology Wednesday for calling its paratransit vans a “limousine” service.

WBBM Newsradio–10/23/2012

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RTA Members Worried About Metra Money Problems

Metra ended September with a $7 million shortfall, and it has some members of the Regional Transportation Authority board concerned.

WBBM Newsradio–11/16/2011