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  • Repairs finally begin to train station in La Grange

    Repairs finally begin to train station in La Grange
    Repairs began this week at the La Grange Road train station in La Grange, more than a year after a driver struck the station with a van.
  • Legislative watchdog wants ethics laws with teeth

    Legislative watchdog wants ethics laws with teeth
    Illinois Legislative Inspector General Thomas Homer isn't allowed to explain why his investigation into last summer's Metra patronage scandal came to its unsatisfying — and totally predictable — conclusion. But it was easy to read between...

    Red Line to get North Side overhaul, while South Siders decry wait

    Red Line to get North Side overhaul, while South Siders decry wait
    The CTA said Wednesday it is moving forward with a multibillion-dollar overhaul of the Red Line’s aging north branch tracks and stations, just hours after South Siders aired complaints to the agency’s board that Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s...

    Index cards tell tales of nearly 10 years of clout at Metra

    Index cards tell tales of nearly 10 years of clout at Metra
    When one job applicant at Metra in 1989 was told he wasn't qualified, he simply sent a "back-door letter" to Metra's chairman. The tactic worked, and the applicant was hired. Others weren't so lucky — or didn't have enough clout. One note in...

    Illinois' friends-and-family hiring plan

    Illinois' friends-and-family hiring plan
    In 2005, Forrest Claypool was a Cook County commissioner running for board president, and Gerald Nichols was a top aide — "patronage chief" was how Claypool put it — for John Stroger, the man Claypool was trying to unseat. Today, Claypool...