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Another RTA board member quits, CTA appointment questioned

Frank Zuccarelli (center). File Photo

Frank Zuccarelli (center). File Photo

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Updated: September 8, 2013 6:35AM



The Regional Transportation Authority announced the resignation of another one of its board members Tuesday and called into question a south suburban official Gov. Pat Quinn appointed to the CTA board.

In a letter to Quinn Tuesday, RTA Chairman John Gates stated that RTA board member Nabi Fakroddin was stepping down because he wanted to keep serving on the Illinois Human Rights Commission, and it was not permissible for him to hold both posts at the same time.

In the same letter, Gates questioned Quinn’s appointment of south suburban Democratic powerhouse Frank Zuccarelli.

Gates said Zuccarelli’s dual roles on the CTA board while serving as Thornton Township supervisor violate “the intent of Section 19” of the Metropolitan Transit Authority Act.

Zuccarelli makes more than $100,000 a year in his role as Thornton Township Supervisor, according to a report by the Better Government Association.

Gates urged Quinn to withdraw Zucarrelli’s nomination.

On Tuesday, Democratic gubernatorial challenger Bill Daley made the same demand, telling Crain’s Chicago Business “The only transportation experience Frank Zuccarelli has is walking people to the polling place.”

Fakroddin’s departure follows the Rev. Tyrone Crider’s resignation from the RTA board last week and a string of resignations from the Metra board.

The upheaval follows the scandal surrounding the $718,000 severance package given to former Metra CEO Alex Clifford, who said he resigned after feeling pressured to submit to patronage requests from Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan and others. Critics contend the payment was hush money because of a confidentiality clause tied to the deal.

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