SPRINGFIELD – The man who is featured in allegations of attempted political favoritism at Metra later got a state job with the help of powerful Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.
A spokeswoman says Patrick Ward began a $70,000 labor-relations job with the Illinois Department of Central Management Services in May. He was recommended for the job by Madigan, a Chicago Democrat, and received high marks from his former supervisor.
The 57-year-old Ward worked at Metra when Madigan recommended he get a raise last year. The commuter line's former chief — Alex Clifford — says he rejected the suggestion.
The Metra board and Clifford are under fire for a $718,000 severance agreement the ex-CEO got.
A spokesman has said Madigan did not act improperly and Ward's supervisor agreed with the recommendation for a raise.