Mayor names former alderman to Metra board

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A former alderman who made his reputation campaigning for ethics reform and openness in city budgeting is Mayor Emanuel’s pick to replace outgoing Metra board member Larry Huggins.

Marty Oberman once told Alderman Bernie Stone to shut up during a heated debate at the City Council.  That’s the kind of outspokenness Emanuel wants from a Metra board member.

If the City Council approves the former 43rd Ward Alderman, he’ll start in October.

Oberman says winning back the public trust is the first order of business.

The 68-year-old attorney will not take the $15,000 stipend for the position. Oberman is currently a civil litigation attorney.


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