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Emanuel to appoint new member of Metra board

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Associated Press

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he plans to appoint attorney and former independent alderman Martin Oberman to the Metra Board of Directors.

Emanuel says in a news release Monday morning that Oberman's appointment will be introduced to the Chicago City Council on Wednesday. Oberman's appointment would take effect immediately pending council approval.

The announcement comes more than a month after Emanuel announced that Larry Huggins would resign from the scandal-tarnish board. Several other board members, including chairman Brad O'Halloran, have resigned in recent weeks. The board has faced criticism in the wake of the $718,000 buyout of the commuter rail agency's former CEO Alex Clifford.

Oberman has served in other Chicago mayoral administrations, including as Shoreline Protection commission chairman under the late Mayor Harold Washington.

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