May 07, 2010

Corrupt Chicago Public Servant Throws Self Under Bus Train

Embattled Metra Executive Director Phil Pagano, under investigation by his own agency for financial issues, threw himself in front of a Metra train this morning and was killed, sources said.

It happened in an unincorporated area near Crystal Lake just after 8 a.m.

"It's very sad day for Metra," Metra board member Jack Schaffer said after emerging from a canceled meeting this morning that was to deal with Pagano's job status.

Pagano, executive director of the commuter rail service since 1990, was put on paid administrative last week amid a probe that he paid himself an unauthorized $56,000 bonus. The probe expanded to look at "more serious allegations of official misconduct," according to the attorney hired to conduct Metra's inquiry.

Pagano's salary was just under $270,000/year, and he still couldn't stop himself from (apparently) stealing.

He's the third corrupt Chicago politician to commit suicide in recent months.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at May 7, 2010 12:21 PM

May his family be comforted ...

Posted by: Adriane at May 7, 2010 01:50 PM

Threw himself they said? Or did they throw him because he got caught? Just thought I throw in some comspiracy theory stuff.

Posted by: ron at May 7, 2010 03:06 PM

That's unusual. Usually disgraced Chi-town pols shoot themselves in the back before jumping in front of a train.

Posted by: zhombre at May 7, 2010 04:52 PM

Funny, isn't it, how many corrupt Chicago pols "commit suicide" before they can blab.

Posted by: Bohemond at May 7, 2010 07:36 PM

There is a God

Posted by: Neo at May 8, 2010 07:29 AM

The Chicago Tribune reports "The engineer looked right into the eyes of the man"

That's a terrible thing to do to the man driving the train. Right up to the end, he was showing his contempt for the ordinary working men and women of Metra.

Posted by: pst314 at May 8, 2010 08:29 PM