Breaking News Bar
updated: 1/17/2013 9:00 PM

RTA mum on harassment complaint

hello
Success - Article sent! close
 
 

Regional Transportation Authority officials circled the wagons around Executive Director Joseph Costello after a report surfaced he had been subject to a sexual harassment complaint.

"The allegation was anonymous, and the RTA is not commenting further," spokeswoman Diane Palmer said Thursday.

Order Reprint Print Article
 
Interested in reusing this article?
Custom reprints are a powerful and strategic way to share your article with customers, employees and prospects.
The YGS Group provides digital and printed reprint services for Daily Herald. Complete the form to the right and a reprint consultant will contact you to discuss how you can reuse this article.
Need more information about reprints? Visit our Reprints Section for more details.

Contact information ( * required )

Success - request sent close

The RTA conducted an internal investigation but could not confirm the complaint that emerged this summer, according to a report in Crain's, and the matter was referred to the Illinois Executive Inspector General's Office, as is the usual procedure. An official with the inspector general's office said the agency could not comment.

Costello had served as the RTA's chief financial officer before being promoted to executive director in 2010. He did not return a call.

RTA Director Jan Carlson of Elburn said the issue had not been discussed in public session and therefore he was unable to speak directly to it. But he said he had confidence in Costello.

"At this point, I'm satisfied that everything is OK," Carlson said.

The RTA has financial authority over the CTA, Metra and Pace.

Share this page
Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.
    help here