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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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3 Comments to “Metra patronage scandal deepens”

    carole said:
    July 26, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Are you kidding me! Is this guy making enough now, or will he complain again to Madigan. We need to take away some of this guys retirement income.

    keeping real said:
    July 26, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    I concur!!! and prison time as well!!!

    Jock E Shift said:
    July 26, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    Both Madigans should be forced out of office.

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