My high school classmate, former legislative colleague and former Metra Board member left a message yesterday that he characterized as “the chuckle for the day.”
He was told by a Metra staffer that one of State Rep. Jack Franks’staffers called Metra to discover what pension that Schaffer was getting as a result of his Metra Board service.
In an ongoing attempt to denigrate Schaffer, which started after the posting of one billboard during the campaign of John O’Neill against Democrat Franks, Franks passed legislation to eliminate pension and health benefits from Metra Board members. (Schaffer already had health insurance from his service as State Senator and as a Department Director under Governor Jim Edgar.)
What makes it a “chuckle of the day” is that Franks didn’t ask for the pension information until billboards for 2014 Franks’ Republican opponent Steve Reick were posted.
Schaffer said the Metra pension was $139 a month.