Metra patronage scandal deepens

We’re learning more about the employee at the center of the patronage scandal involving Metra and Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan.

The Sun-Times reports, while Madigan’s friend Patrick Ward complained about being paid only $57,000 a year at Metra, he was already collecting a $52,000 pension from the City of Chicago and another $8,000 a year from Cook County.

Madigan allegedly pressured Metra CEO Alex Clifford to give Ward a raise; Clifford says, when he refused, he was forced out.

In May, Patrick Ward went on to accept a state job, where he now collects another $70,000 a year.

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