State Rep. Barbara Wheeler issued the following news release Tuesday:
Crystal Lake, IL … In response to the unfolding scandal involving Metra, State Rep. Barbara Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake) has called for the resignation of the Chairman of the Metra Board of Directors, Brad O’Halloran.
"It is time that we the taxpayers hold the people in charge responsible for the mishandling of a very messy situation," stated Rep. Wheeler. "It is unacceptable to use public dollars in secret maneuvers that are politically motivated. It is time for Chairman O’Halloran to resign his position so that Metra can move forward."
Recently, a behind-closed-doors severance package agreement was handed to the outgoing Metra Executive Director. This arrangement has been described as a ‘golden parachute’ and a deal ‘shrouded in secrecy’ due to the Metra Board of Directors’ attempts to keep the package from the public eye.
"As a member of the Mass Transit Committee, I have kept a close eye on the unraveling of the facts and details behind the situation at Metra," explained Rep. Wheeler. "The negligence displayed by the Board of Directors is disheartening as my constituents are footing the financial burden of the mismanagement of Metra."
Representative Wheeler, has signed on as a co-sponsor of a recently filed resolution, House Resolution 521, which officially calls for the resignation of the Metra Chairman and the selection of a new chairman byt the Metra Board of Directors. The Resolution also acknowledges a related situation involving a fired Metra employee and overall attempts to block transparency.