Officials are beginning to make their selections for new Metra Board members. According to the Chicago Sun-Times:
"Former independent alderman and longtime reformer Martin Oberman is Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s pick to replace Larry Huggins as a Metra Board member, even though Oberman concedes he is an infrequent Metra rider.
“I’m not there as a person who rides Metra every day,’’ Oberman, 68, told the Chicago Sun-Times on Sunday. “I’m a bicylist.’’
The Lincoln Park resident said his decades of work as a government reformer and his budget-reading prowess — honed during 12 years as 43rd Ward alderman — are important skills to bring to a board under attack since its hefty June 21 buyout of ex-CEO Alex Clifford.
In a news release announcing the selection, Emanuel said, “The Metra board needs a new chapter and a new start.’’
The mayor lauded Oberman as “a leader for reform and accountability in government” whose “unique talents will best serve the transportation priorities of Chicago.’’"