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.”
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.