Alex Clifford http://wuis.org en Quinn Appoints Panel To Investigate Metra http://wuis.org/post/quinn-appoints-panel-investigate-metra <p>Gov. Pat Quinn has appointed a 15-member independent panel including former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald to investigate fraud and overhaul Chicago-area public transportation. &nbsp;<br>The move follows allegations of political hiring at Metra and calls for change at its overseeing board, the Regional Transportation Authority. &nbsp;<br>The Chicago Democrat issued an executive order Thursday creating the Northeastern Illinois Public Transit Task Force. Quinn previewed the idea last week. &nbsp; Thu, 15 Aug 2013 16:26:46 +0000 Sean Crawford 7345 at http://wuis.org Quinn Appoints Panel To Investigate Metra Ethics Panel Votes To Investigate Madigan's Metra Role http://wuis.org/post/ethics-panel-votes-investigate-madigans-metra-role <p></p><p>House Speaker Michael Madigan's request to be investigated by the Legislative Ethics Commission is being granted.</p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 17:26:50 +0000 Associated Press 6341 at http://wuis.org Ethics Panel Votes To Investigate Madigan's Metra Role Metra Could Hire Former Federal Prosecutor For Buyout Probe http://wuis.org/post/metra-could-hire-former-federal-prosecutor-buyout-probe <p>Metra is considering hiring a former assistant U.S. attorney to investigate allegations that prominent politicians pressured staff in personnel and contract decisions.</p><p>The public agency's board of directors will vote Monday on whether to approve hiring Patrick Collins, who prosecuted the case that sent former Gov. George Ryan to prison for corruption.</p><p>The allegations involving Metra emerged during inquiries into a lucrative buyout for former CEO Alex Clifford.</p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 15:23:38 +0000 Associated Press 5988 at http://wuis.org Metra Could Hire Former Federal Prosecutor For Buyout Probe Ousted Metra CEO: Madigan's Actions Show "Moral And Ethical Flaw" http://wuis.org/post/ousted-metra-ceo-madigans-actions-show-moral-and-ethical-flaw <p></p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 13:23:34 +0000 Associated Press 5922 at http://wuis.org Ousted Metra CEO: Madigan's Actions Show "Moral And Ethical Flaw" Metra CEO Memo Reveals More Madigan Involvement http://wuis.org/post/metra-ceo-memo-reveals-more-madigan-involvement <p>A memo by the former CEO of the Metra commuter rail service contends that Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan lobbied not only for a pay raise for an associate at the agency, but also sought employment for another person.</p><p>The memo by Alex Clifford was cited Thursday at a contentious legislative committee hearing on Clifford's resignation and a $718,000 separation agreement.</p><p>Clifford says in the memo that he was told before his ouster that he had damaged Metra and its future funding "by my refusal to accede to Speaker Madigan's requests."</p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 22:57:26 +0000 The Associated Press 5670 at http://wuis.org Metra CEO Memo Reveals More Madigan Involvement