5th member of the Metra board of director resigns

5th member of the Metra board of director resigns

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CHICAGO (AP) -- Another member of the Metra board has resigned, the fifth to leave the commuter rail agency's board since the controversy erupted over the former CEO's $718,000 buyout.

Stanley Rakestraw on Thursday sent a letter of resignation to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, saying he wanted to "eliminate any potential controversy which distracts the board from its business."

Preckwinkle asked for Rakestraw's resignation after learning he moved to a downtown Chicago condo after his home in suburban Flossmoor burned down. Rakestraw held a seat on the Metra board representing the city's suburbs.

Rakestraw's resignation leaves the Metra board with six members, the minimum needed for a quorum but not enough to replace former CEO Alex Clifford.

Clifford resigned June 21, citing the pressure he was under to make political appointments.

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