| Jun 30, 2013
One is a labor lawyer. Another heads a company that sells firefighting equipment. One runs a construction company.
Of the 11, only five have held elective office. And just one has any railroad experience.
They are the board of directors of Metra,...
| Jun 29, 2013
| 4:22 PM
The controversy over Metra's approval of a $740,000 severance package for its ousted CEO has cast a harsh spotlight on the commuter rail agency's little-known board of directors.
It's also revived a decades-old question of why Chicago's transportation...
| Jul 3, 2013
The Regional Transportation Authority will have the first shot next week at breaking the secrecy concerning Metra's decision to grant its departed CEO a controversial $740,000 severance deal.
As oversight agency for the three area transit agencies,...
| Jul 11, 2013
| 5:27 AM
Ousted Metra CEO Alex Clifford implicated at least two board members in a patronage complaint shortly before he began negotiating a generous severance package with the commuter rail system, officials publicly acknowledged for the first time Wednesday....
| Jul 12, 2013
A state legislative hearing investigating the severance package for Metra's ousted CEO yielded new details about the controversial deal Thursday, including the revelation that powerful House Speaker Michael Madigan had asked the agency to give one of...
| Jul 5, 2013
| 4:14 PM
A Metra worker was struck and killed this afternoon on the Metra Electric District line near 47th Street, officials said.
The accident happened about 1:30 p.m. when the No. 223 train headed to Blue Island struck the worker near 47th Street, said Metra...
| Jul 7, 2013
Chicago developers have built dozens of "civic" apps — websites and mobile downloads aimed at helping people better communicate with and understand local government. Here is a selection:
Foodborne Chicago Many people don't report food poisoning to...
| Jun 29, 2013
| 5:23 PM
A woman was killed when an inbound Metra train hit her late this morning near Round Lake, according to the transit agency.
Milwaukee District North Line Train No. 2610 left the Fox Lake station at 11:45 a.m. and hit a pedestrian at Fairfield Road and...
| Jun 25, 2013
| 6:42 PM
Giovanna O'Malley never doubted that she and her mother, Maureen Rendina, could succeed as the first business tenants at Ninety7Fifty on the Park, the luxury apartment complex on 143rd Street in Orland Park.
The mother-daughter team opened their 1,200-...
| Jun 26, 2013
| 12:38 PM
Flooding closed the Edens Expressway at Pratt Avenue for about three hours this morning and shut down the McHenry branch of Metra's Union Pacific Northwest Line for the entire day.
The expressway was closed in both directions around 7 a.m. The inbound...
| Jun 26, 2013
| 1:48 PM
A man was struck and fatally injured by a Metra Electric train on the South Side this morning, authorities said.
The man was struck a little before 9:30 a.m., and was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in critical condition, officials said. The man...
| Jun 27, 2013
| 5:47 PM
A "massive switching failure" is delaying several Metra lines 30-90 minutes, including three originating out of Union Station and one out of Ogilvie Station, a Metra spokeswoman said.
A series of switches near Western Avenue on a rail line that includes...