Metra found 780 note cards in a box that had information about who asked for jobs through whom from about 1980 on.
I’ve taken a look at about 40% of them, concentrating on McHenry County connections.
I think it’s safe to say that then-Metra Chairman Jeff Ladd’s name appears most often.
Usually his name is referenced as having forwarded a request from a local or legislative politician to the Metra personnel folks.
Next highest (or perhaps even higher than Ladd) was now-disgraced Metra Board member Don Udsteun, who represented McHenry County on the panel along with Ladd.
Udsteun’s name appears connected with a range of politicians, including numerous Democratic Party State Representatives and Senators. Democrat State Rep. Al Ronan’s name seemed to appear most often in conjunction with Udstuen’s
The third most often mentioned name was McHenry County Republican Central Committee Chairman Al Jourdan. For part of the period, Jourdan was also Chairman of the State Republican Party.
Mike Madigan’s name was contained on a few of the cards. To give you a flavor of the information on the cards, look at the five below, all of whom were hired: