“I quit.” “OK, here's $750,000.” That’s probably not what happened at your place of employment, but – not in so many words – it could be the scenario that awaits Alex Clifford, who has resigned as executive director of the Chicago-area commuter train agency Metra. His exit package is well into the six figures and could top out at three-quarters of a million dollars.
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“When you talk about this kind of compensation, when you talk about possibly rewarding him again, ... you’re talking about a total compensation package that could go up to about $750,000, I think which is ridiculous,” says State Rep. Al Riley (D-Olympia Fields), a member of the Illinois House Mass Transit Committee. “That service should ensure equity and the provision of services, contracts, and resource allocation,” says Riley of the future priorities the troubled agency should adopt.