Peterson tapped as CTA chair as Daley keeps shuffling the deck

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Mayor Daley showed he likes to recycle leaders he can trust in high-level jobs by naming Terry Peterson, his former chief of the Chicago Housing Authority, as the next chairman of the CTA board.

CTA board members first must elect him as a director; then they can vote him into the chairman spot.

Peterson currently is vice president of government affairs at Rush University Medical Center.

You’ll recall that Daley named Richard Rodriguez the CTA president after he served a stint as aviation commissioner.


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  • Nope, CTA Board Members do not elect directors; the Mayor appoints and the City Council rubber stamps.

    Then the Board rubber stamps his choice for Board President among the directors. Of course, George Krambles said that was always the way.

  • Nope, Jack, the City Council has no say on the Mayor's appointees - it's actually the state legislature that confirms the Mayor's appointee(s).

    Nope again, Jack, the board doesn't have a president, it has a chairman. The president position is already held by Huberman

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    No, you were double wrong.

    70 ILCS 3605/20 (available at

    "the Mayor, with advice and consent of the City Council of the City of Chicago, shall appoint four members of the Board"

    In fact this was pointed out to me by a poster on the old CTA Tattler, who claimed that the whole RTA Act, including this provision, was racist, because it passed when Harold Washington was Mayor.

    Of course, if we buy that logic, the minority members of the City Council should vote against the white Mayor's appointee. We know that won't happen.

    Now, with regard to Leonis's seat, that section provides:

    "the Governor, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint three members of the Board"

    I'm more shocked that no once challenged my "rubber stamps."

    Finally, I am also shocked that while the 2008 RTA Act bars the Chairman from serving on the RTA Board after 2008 (70 ILCS 3615/3.01), the MTA Act was not similarly amended, and in its "one office" section, 70 ILCS 3605/19, still provides that "Provided, however, that the Chairman may be a member of the Board of the Regional Transportation Authority."

  • In reply to jack:

    I'll acknowledge that the Board rubber stamps the Mayor's selection for both President and Chairman.

  • Nope, District299Reader, the CTA president position is currently held by Rodriguez. Considering your screen name, you should know where Huberman is now.

  • Joe, you are absolutely correct! About the correction and the logic. I think maybe I was wishing the whole thing was a nightmare and I would wake up and Huberman would be back crunching numbers and stats for Barbara McDonald at CPD.

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