For lawmakers, a quiet summer with Metra
State Rep. Mike Tryon, a Crystal Lake Republican, vented today that it's been nearly 60 days since he asked for a meeting of the General Assembly's Mass Transit Committee to talk about the infamous hiring memo written by former Metra CEO Alex Clifford.
Clifford left Metra with a severance package of up to $718,000 after making allegations about improper hiring practices at the commuter rail agency, some tied to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.
“It’s becoming pretty clear to me that Speaker Madigan has no intention of providing a platform where the truth can be learned about the serious allegations made by former Metra CEO Alex Clifford,” said Tryon, the top Republican on the committee.
The former chairman of the panel, former state Rep. Deb Mell, left to replace her father as a Chicago alderman.
The committee has had a hearing to talk about the Metra scandal, but not for months. Tryon sent a list of questions directly to Clifford today.
“Even though five of the Metra board members have since resigned, this cloud of suspicion will not go away," he said. "We need to identify the improper practices and put safeguards in place so they never happen again.”