Bill placing new restrictions on RTA and CTA signed by Quinn

SPRINGFIELD - Legislation barring members of major transit agencies from holding other government offices has been signed by Governor Pat Quinn.

The measure was sponsored by Senator Martin Sandoval and Representative Jack Franks, and was passed unanimously by both houses of the Legislature this spring.  The legislation follows the release of a transit task force report that revealed records of patronage hiring at Metra.

The law prohibits members of the Commuter Rail Board, Chicago Transit Agency's board, or Regional Transportation Authority Board from holding any other local or state government job.  

Offices that do not pay officials more than $15,000 annually will be exempted from the law, as well as positions in the National Guard or the military reserves.

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