April 16, 2014

Metra releases names from 'patronage files'

Photo: liz west via Creative Commons

Photo: liz west via Creative Commons
CHICAGO — Handwritten index cards reflecting patronage hiring at Metra dating back 30 years contain recommendations from dozens of politicians — a virtual who’s who of clout ranging from Chicago aldermen to state legislators and even a well-respected former U.S. Senator, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The records, named the "Patronage Files," were disclosed last month by the special appointed task force that called for reforming the commuter rail agency, the report said. For the full story, click here.

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