Breaking: Claypool named new CTA president by Rahm

Forrest Claypool will be the new CTA president, Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel announced today. Terry Peterson will remain as CTA board chair. Bottom line – folks who were really Daley guys are still running the CTA. Now they are Rahm guys.

So much breaking news within a two hour span. First the Brown Line derailment, now this.

We’ll have more on this later.


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  • The main thing I don't understand is Claypool's motivation. First he left the County Board to try to cash in somehow on health care reform in the private sector, then he ran for assessor, and now this.

    Of course, no indication that Claypool has any transportation management experience nor that the CTA Board will do anything but rubberstamp, so all is status quo in that regard.

  • In reply to jack:

    The CTA is indirectly controlled by the mayor -- film at 11.

    I just hope that Mr. Claypool actually rides the CTA every day, unless he is in walking distance of CTA headquarters.

  • In reply to jack:

    Other than being a pal of Rahm's, what qualifications does Claypool possess to run a transit service?

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