With Madigan Ignoring Call for Further Metra Hearings, Tryon Reaches Out Directly to Clfford

A press release from State Rep. Mike Tryon:

Rep. Tryon Reaches out To Ex Metra CEO Directly to Seek Information about Mass Transit Allegations

Mike Tryon

Mike Tryon

CRYSTAL LAKE…..After waiting 58 days for a response from House Speaker Mike Madigan to his requests for a Mass Transit Committee hearing about the latest Metra scandal, State Representative Mike Tryon (R-Crystal Lake) has taken matters into his own hands.

“It’s becoming pretty clear to me that Speaker Madigan has no intention of providing a platform where the truth can be learned about the serious allegations made by former Metra CEO Alex Clifford,”

said Tryon, the Minority Spokesman for the Mass Transit Committee.

“This committee provides oversight for the agencies that provide public transportation services in Illinois, and that includes Metra. We have a right and a responsibility to root out any corrupt behavior and to take steps to prevent similar occurrences in the future. The taxpayers deserve this.”

Tryon’s first request for a meeting was made on July 15, shortly after a memo written by Clifford was made public. In the memo, Clifford accused Chicago-area Metra board members and other public elected officials of forcing him out after he refused to make politically-motivated hiring and contract decisions. The Clifford severance package, which many have called “hush money,” totaled $718,000. A second request for a hearing, sent directly to Madigan, was sent on July 25. A third letter, also sent to Madigan, was sent in August and that letter included a list of eight questions to which Tryon says the Committee and the taxpayers who fund Metra deserve answers.

On September 10, Tryon sent a letter directly to Alex Clifford, and included the list of the eight questions he had previously sent to Madigan.

“I have heard that Mr. Clifford is interested in working with the Mass Transit Committee on this issue and I appreciate his willingness to help us gain a full understanding of the contents of his memo,” Tryon said. “Even though five of the Metra board members have since resigned, this cloud of suspicion will not go away. We need to identify the improper practices and put safeguards in place so they never happen again.”


With Madigan Ignoring Call for Further Metra Hearings, Tryon Reaches Out Directly to Clfford — 3 Comments

  1. Maybe Tryon can get a consortium of State and US Reps and Senators from Northern Illinois involved. More people, more clout.

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