| Aug 2, 2013
After pressuring a Metra contractor to hire more African-American companies for a crucial South Side rail project, U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush recommended that the commuter rail agency pay $50,000 to a little-known Washington, D.C., group to monitor minority...
| Aug 21, 2013
| 5:25 AM
Metra officials repeatedly misled the public when they insisted that an unusually large severance package for former CEO Alex Clifford saved taxpayers millions of dollars in potential litigation costs, a bruising report from the Regional Transportation...
| Aug 22, 2013
First-class transit system
This is in response to "Dysfunctional transit must get back on track" (Perspective, Aug. 7), by George A. Ranney president and CEO of Metropolis Strategies. As the Tribune demanded the resignations of all the Metra board...
| Aug 27, 2013
| 12:18 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed a measure Tuesday that would have expanded the Regional Transportation’s Authority to issue no-bid contracts, arguing the agency should not be given more powers until a panel he formed can review operations following the...
| Aug 27, 2013
| 6:59 PM
Unlike his predecessor, who ran a Los Angeles bus company, Metra's new interim executive director is a veteran "railroad guy" who actually knows how to drive a train.
Donald Orseno broke into the railroad business collecting tickets, helping set up...
| Aug 15, 2013
| 8:43 AM
Gov. Pat Quinn has appointed a 15-member commission to review oversight at the Regional Transportation Authority and recommend ways to prevent fraud and abuse following the recent accusations of political patronage at Metra.
Members of the panel...
| Aug 12, 2013
In response to letter-writer George Ranney’s August 7 piece (“Getting our dysfunctional transit system back on track”), I understand the concern he and others show regarding the issues impacting Metra, along with the desire to make...
| Aug 13, 2013
| 2:16 PM
Metra announced earlier this month that it would close the grade crossing near the 179th Street station in Orland Park from Aug. 15 to 21 for routine maintenance.
The crossing, located on 179th near Southwest Highway, will be closed from 9 a.m. Thursday...
| Aug 13, 2013
| 5:31 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn's contentious choice for the CTA board resigned Tuesday, a casualty of party politics on the eve of a Democratic gathering where the governor is expected to be put on the defensive.
Thornton Township Supervisor Frank Zuccarelli stepped...
| Aug 6, 2013
| 6:15 PM
U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush defended his role in a controversial South Side rail project Tuesday, saying racially biased reporting unfairly characterized his recommendation that Metra pay $50,000 to a little-known Washington, D.C., group to monitor minority...
| Aug 5, 2013
| 5:11 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday accused the Regional Transportation Authority of failing to properly oversee operations at Metra, saying he will appoint a panel to come up with recommendations on how to revamp the agency amid accusations of political patronage...