The controversial departure of Metra’s CEO has now cost the Metra board chairman his job.
Chairman Brad O’Halloran is stepping down after giving former CEO Alex Clifford almost three years pay as severance.
Critics called it hush money, but Clifford didn’t keep quiet; instead he went public with his claim that state house speaker Mike Madigan pressured him to give jobs, promotions or pay raises to his political friends.
O’Halloran said the Clifford controversy and its attendant media hype made it impossible to do his job.
Metra’s vice chairman Jack Partelow of Will County will assume O’Halloran’s duties.
Alex Clifford offered no comment on O’Halloran’s resignation.