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Terry Peterson Elected Chairman of CTA Board

By Jake Guidry in News on Oct 10, 2009 3:00PM

The CTA continued its jostling yesterday by electing a new chairman of the board. Former CHA chief Terry Peterson will fill the spot vacated a month ago by Carole Brown.

Peterson has no previous transit experience and was appointed to the board just a month ago. He was appointed by Mayor Daley to fill the vacancy caused by Carole Brown's resignation. Peterson has a long history with Daley, serving as an advisor over the years. In 2000, Daley appointed Peterson chief executive officer of the Chicago Housing Authority. He is currently vice president for government affairs at Rush University Medical Center.

The CTA board restructuring will continue as vacancies still need to be filled. Board member Cynthia Panayotovich was elected vice chairman on Friday, filling the spot left by Susan Leonis. Leonis was a 15-year CTA veteran who stepped down on Sept. 22, the same day as Brown. Governor Pat Quinn has yet to appoint a replacement.