Metra

Government
6:30 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Report Questions Hiring Influences At Metra

Michael Madigan
Credit housedem.state.il.us

A special task force raises new questions about Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and his influence on hiring at Metra. The panel, which issued its report Monday, was created after a scandal involving political patronage at the commuter rail agency.

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Metra
4:37 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Clifford: Not Caving Into Political Pressure Cost Job

Alex Clifford

Metra's former CEO answered questions Wednesday about political patronage and his controversial severance package.

Alex Clifford addressed the Regional Transportation Authority. It oversees Metra. Clifford says Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan made it known that he wanted Clifford to hire one person and give another Metra employee a raise. When asked if the powerful House speaker did anything illegal, Clifford said no.

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Business
5:37 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Japanese trainmaker cuts ribbon at Rochelle factory

Guy Stephens WNIJ

A host of public officials and hundreds of invited guests came to Rochelle Thursday to mark the grand opening of Japanese company Nippon Sharyo’s new rail car manufacturing facility there.  

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