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Settlement costs rail agency $1.3M

CHICAGO (AP) – The Chicago area’s Metra commuter rail agency has released accounting details showing the departure of its former chief executive cost taxpayers more than $1.3 million.

Just more than half of that went to pay outside attorneys to defend Metra against allegations of political patronage that emerged during the matter.

Former CEO Alex Clifford alleged he was forced out of the job last year for resisting outside political pressure in hiring and other personnel and contract matters.

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