State lawmaker wants hearing on Metra CEO allegations

An Illinois lawmaker is requesting a hearing to address the latest allegations that are surfacing from a former Metra Executive Director.

Representative Mike Tryon is the Republican spokesman on the State's Mass Transit Committee.  Tryon has requested a hearing to get to the bottom of allegations made by Alex Clifford in an eight page memorandum that he was pressured by some Metra Directors and legislators, including House Speaker Michael Madigan, to make politcally-motivated hiring and contract decisions.

Clifford was then given a severance package that could be worth up to $749,000 in exchange for leaving Metra and keeping quiet on the matter.

Meanwhile, Tryon said there are more questions than answers.



Tryon said the request for the hearing was also made because of testimony provided last week by Metra Director Jack Schaffer, who voted against the separation agreement, saying it included "hush money."

Tryon says the "explosive memo" could have far-reaching implications.

Audio provided by Illinois House Republicans.

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