* This is becoming a deeply disturbing pattern in Illinois politics…
Metra’s longtime executive director, Phil Pagano, apparently walked in front of a Metra train in Crystal Lake this morning, killing himself, sources said.
Pagano was on paid administrative leave from Metra, where he had been executive director since 1990, and had worked for the agency since its creation in 1984.
The fatal collision occurred on the tracks near Hillside and Terra Cotta roads by Sternes Woods Park in Crystal Lake.
“It appears to be a suicide,” Sheriff Keith Nygren said. Nygren would not confirm the identity of the victim.
The sheriff said there appeared to be no car near the train tracks, and that the victim appeared to walk on them.
Orlando Jones, Chris Kelly, Michael Scott and now maybe Pagano. All under corruption investigation.
Chicago Magazine, by the way, has a long, disturbing profile of Chris Kelly. It’s not online yet, but the author was interviewed by Chicago Tonight. Go have a look.
And let’s keep it toned down in comments, please.