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RTA Close to Getting Inspector General

By Chuck Sudo in News on Jan 10, 2011 3:00PM

2011_1_10_RTA.jpg The suicide of former Metra chief Phil Pagano and the subsequent revelations regarding his finances could have something of a silver lining to them. The General Assembly, working with the Better Government Association, RTA and good-government lobbyists, passed legislation establishing an Inspector General for the transit authority that oversees CTA, PACE, and Metra.

Senate Bill 3964, sponsored by State Senator Susan Garrett of Lake Forest and Woodstock State Rep. Jack Franks, says that the Independent IG will be housed in the Office of the Executive Inspector General, which already oversees activities in the Governor's office and its agencies. Garret had been working with RTA on the legislation since news broke about the unauthorized payout Pagano received on unused vacation time.