New leadership announced for the Chicago Transit Authority

April 20, 2011

Produced by Eight Forty-Eight

On Tuesday, Forrest Claypool was announced as the next President of the Chicago Transit Authority.

Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel has been busy recently with some major appointments. On Monday, he chose Jean Claude Brizard as CEO of Chicago Public Schools. On Tuesday, Emanuel tapped Forrest Claypool to head the Chicago Transit Authority. The Mayor-elect also named members of his financial team.

Claypool is a longtime Chicago politician with previous experience at the Chicago Park District and the Cook County Board. That experience may prove valuable – he’ll face a broad range of challenges at the transit agency.

To hear more about about CTA priorities and leadership, Eight Forty-Eight turned to Jon Hilkevitch, the transportation reporter for the Chicago Tribune.