Ousted Metra exec’s severance package under scrutiny

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Metra board members accused of patronage attempts from ousted C.E.O. Alex Clifford were allowed to vote on his giant severance package.

Metra attorney Joseph Gagliardo said at a hearing Wednesday the accused members did not participate in settlement negotiations, so there was no problem with them voting on the deal.

The parting deal came after Clifford said he was pressured on hiring and contract issues.

Clifford received a $740,000 severance package.

Chairman Brad O’Halloran read a prepared statement about Clifford’s departure.

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