Ex-Crystal Laker Don Udsteun Surfaces in Latest RTA Report

Don Udstuen was a lobbyist for the Illinois State Medical Society, ultimately rising to the well-paid post of heading up the Society’s medical malpractice company. On the Metra Board representing McHenry County, he was caught up in a bribery scheme … Continue reading

Resumes of McHenry County RTA Board Applicants

The First Electric Newspaper was the first to find out the names of those wanting to represent McHenry County on the RTA Board. Whoever is selected will replace Al Jourdan, someone supportive of the almost successful efforts to defeat the … Continue reading

RTA’s Al Jourdan and Don Totten Remind Suburbanites What’s at Stake

It took Chicago Sun-Times columnist Mark Brown to point it out, but there are some high regional stakes in the fight over who controls mass transportation in the metropolitan area. The same fight occurred in 1974 and in the early … Continue reading

The RTA Tax Hikers’ Mythical “Universal Pass” Promise

Since 1974 when Downtown Chicago business interests financed the referendum to impose taxes on the suburbs to subsidize the CTA, promises have been made that there would be a “Universal Pass.” If something was promised 38 years ago and has … Continue reading

NW Herald Quotes Schaffer on Franks’ Metra Attack Motivation

Kevin Craver of the Northwest Herald wrote a story Tuesday about McHenry County Board Chairman Ken Koehler’s unwillingness to ask for the resignation of former State Senator Jack Schaffer from the Metra Board. The first indication I could find of … Continue reading