Emanuel names Claypool to head CTA

April 19, 2011

(WBEZ/Tony Arnold)
Newly-named CTA head Forrest Claypool (left) and Chicago Transit Board Chair Terry Peterson.

Chicago Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel Tuesday named Forrest Claypool to head the Chicago Transit Authority. Claypool replaces Richard Rodriguez, who Emanuel said might serve in a different part of his administration.

Claypool is a former Cook County commissioner who ran a failed campaign for county assessor in 2010. He also ran the Chicago Park District.

Emanuel also named Terry Peterson to continue serving as the Chicago Transit Board Chair. Peterson has been in that position since 2009.

Emanuel also announced his pick to head the Chicago Department of Transportation. Gabe Klein was the Director of the District Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C. Klein needs approval from Chicago’s City Council before he can be seated.