Quinn interested in forming Metra task force

August 5, 2013

The Associated Press

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Gov. Pat Quinn says he's interested in forming an experts' panel to look how to overhaul Metra after a hiring scandal at the commuter rail agency.

Quinn told reporters Monday he'll wait for an inspector general's findings on possible politically-connected hiring and other issues at Metra. But he previewed the idea of pulling together people such as the head of the Illinois Department of Transportation. They'd examine ways to reform Metra's power structures and its overseeing body, the Regional Transportation Authority.

Four Metra board members have resigned. Their departures followed criticism of a buyout of former CEO Alex Clifford's contract. Clifford claims he was pushed out for resisting pressure on hiring and salary issues from politicians, including Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.

Quinn's formed similar panels before.