Ex Metra CEO addresses controversy

Jul 17, 2013

Metra's ex CEO answered questions Wednesday about political patronage and his controversial severance package.  IPR's Yolanda Perdomo reports: 

 Former Metra CEO 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. but...

 “I think it is a moral and ethical character flaw. Personality flaw. And again, it was my belief that as long as I did not close that loop, by engaging in that activity, that the illegal activity did not take place,” Clifford says.

 A Metra attorney denies Clifford’s claims of impropriety. Neither Clifford nor Metra would call the large severance deal, worth more than 700 thousand dollars, hush money.