Kane eyes quick picks on Metra, RTA vacancies
By Matt Brennan For Sun-Times Media September 4, 2013 10:50AM
Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen
Updated: October 7, 2013 12:38PM
ST. CHARLES — Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen wants quick decisions on filling the vacancies for the county’s representatives on the Metra and RTA boards.
Lauzen said Wednesday he is working to expedite the process of choosing nominees for the transportation panels in time for the appointments to be approved by a county board committee next week.
At the moment, the county is not represented on either the Metra or the RTA board. Lauzen said county board members will be choosing among candidate pools of about 20 people to fill both seats. Lauzen asked county board members involved in the review process to compile their top candidates in time to do interviews Friday and Monday.
“It’s going to be hard to boil it down,” he said.
Lauzen also said he wants to make sure that candidates meet all the statutory requirements for serving on the board. Kane’s former representative to the RTA board, Nabi Fakroddin, resigned recently, citing a conflict of interest because he simultaneously served on the Illinois Human Rights Commission.
Mike McCoy recently resigned as Kane County’s representation on the Metra Board, amid ongoing turmoil within the agency.
The RTA Board’s main responsibilities are financial and budget oversight of the Chicago Transit Authority, Metra and Pace, and regional transit planning issues. The Metra Board deals with fare and service levels, budgeting, capital programming and other issues related to the commuter railroad.