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Doing the math on Metra bills

Breakdown of the $275,131 billed to Metra through June 30, 2013,concerning ex-CEO Alex Clifford:

Metra Board law firm of Johnston Greene, March 9 to June 30: $112,000

Metra law firm of Laner Muchin, April 4 to June 20: $75,319

Services of Mediator Donald O’Connell on May 15: $17,155

Rodger Heaton/Hinshaw & Culbertson probe of Clifford charges, March 16 to June 17: $52,420

PR, crisis strategy, Culloton Strategies, April 9 to June 6: $18,237:

Breakdown of up to $793,000 in promised fees not yet paid:

Maximum possible separation payout to Alex Clifford: $718,000

Legal fees allotted Alex Clifford in separation deal: $75,000

Total fees billed through June 30 plus maximum possible promised for payment in future: $1,068,131

Likely/possible future bills could include:

† Legal and crisis-strategy fees for July — including three public hearings — & beyond

† New attorney/lawfirm to investigate Clifford’s allegations, make recommendations within 90 days

† Possible board, Metra legal representation during probes by state executive, legislative inspector generals

Source on bills: Metra

Rosalind Rossi

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