Generous health care and pensions will go by the wayside for future political appointees overseeing the Chicago area’s local bus and train service, but the current officeholders will get to keep the benefits until they are reappointed to new terms.
The ban on lucrative perks for the next round of board members at scandal-plagued Metra and other transit agencies took effect when Gov. Pat Quinn’s signed legislation Tuesday.
“Especially considering the recent problems at Metra, Gov. Quinn does not think it’s appropriate to be providing gold-plated pensions for these part-time appointed positions,” said Brooke Anderson, Quinn’s spokeswoman.