Ex-prosecutor won’t conduct Metra probe

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Metra’s board of directors abruptly cancelled a meeting Monday, where members planned to vote on whether to hire a high-profile attorney to defend against allegations of patronage hiring.

Those allegations came in a memo sent by former CEO Alex Clifford, who resigned last month.

Metra 2Clifford claims he was forced out because he wouldn’t bend to political pressure from Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, who wanted a pay raise for one of his political supporters.

Directors would have voted today on whether to hire former Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick Collins, he prosecutor who sent former governor George Ryan to prison.

In a statement, the board says Collins decided not to work for Metra because of a conflict of interest.

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