State Rep. McSweeney Says Metra Chair O’Halloran Must Resign

CARY – State Rep. David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills) joined the call today for the resignation of Metra Chairman Brad O’Halloran in the wake of the agency’s recent controversy surrounding the exorbitant payout to the agency’s departing chief executive officer.

“I represent McHenry, Cook, Lake and Kane Counties and my constituents are paying taxes to support Metra. We need to immediately stop the clear mismanagement at Metra,” said McSweeney. “While we don’t know everything, the facts we do know are intolerable enough to warrant a change in the Metra Board’s leadership.”

Specifically, McSweeney has signed on as Lead Co-Sponsor of House Resolution 521, which calls for the selection of a new Metra chairman in the interest of transparency and accountability within the second largest commuter rail agency in the nation.

The resolution, filed by State Representative David Harris (R-Arlington Heights), lays out the case for the action by highlighting the importance of Metra to the area and the expectation that both the taxpayers of Illinois as well as the paying customers should have their money used prudently.