UPDATED: 7/17/2013 – 2:30 p.m.
CHICAGO (CBS) — 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.”READ MORE: Car Strikes Wall On Dan Ryan Expressway At 95 Street; Delays Expected
But Metra Board chairman Brad O’Halloran called Clifford’s patronage allegations “hooey.”
Clifford appeared before the Regional Transportation Authority board, where he discussed an April 3 memo he wrote, stating Madigan last year sought a raise for a campaign worker at a time when Metra had imposed a freeze on non-union employee pay.
He also testified that another state legislator, Rep. Luis Arroyo (D-Chicago), asked him to hire someone recommended by the Latino caucus, and that two Metra board members asked him to grant the requests.