That’s what Crain’s Chicago Business is reporting online.
Phil Pagano lives in Covered Bridge Trails, which is located north of Hillside Road in rural Crystal Lake.
At a salary of $269,625, I can’t imagine any public official/servant living in McHenry County earning more.
Metra Chairwoman Chairwoman Carole Doris confirming what Crain’s Greg Hinz is reporting with the following statement, issue in mid-afternoon:
“I have called an emergency board meeting for Friday to discuss hiring outside legal counsel to complete an inquiry into reports of potential financial irregularities allegedly involving Metra’s Executive Director.”After becoming aware of certain questions within the past few days, I conducted a preliminary reviews of the matter which convinced me that a thorough review by independent outside counsel is in order.
“We will not comment on media reports until the review is complete. But I can assure our riders, Illinois taxpayers, and our state and local government partners that the review will be completed expeditiously and that we will take whatever steps are necessary to ensure the integrity and fiscal responsibility of Metra.”
Pagano was deeply involved in the purchase of the former Flowerwood property in Ridgefield for a commuter railroad station.
Prior to the August, 2009, announcement, Craig Steagall thought that his property on the other side of the tracks was the selection.
Pagano even met with him in his office.
Former State Senator Jack Schaffer serves as McHenry County’s representative on the Metra Board. He did not vote on the purchase of the former Flowerwood property. He was elected Treasurer of Metra last June.
Former Crystal Lake Metra Board member Don Udsteun, the political brains behind several election victories of former Governor George Ryan, is said to have given the Feds a journal of many years when investigators called him on taking money for helping direct Metra contracts to former Republican State Rep. Roger Stanley (R-Streamwood). Stanley subsequently developed a thriving mail house, which served Lee Daniels’ House Republican Campaign Committee.
Udstuen, whom both Schaffer and I knew from Young Republican days in the 1960’s and subsequently, settled and lived in Crystal Lake until after his court troubles. Udstuen’s day job was being the Illinois State Medical Society’s top lobbyist, although his job title was being head of the ISMS’ medial malpractice insurance company.