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The mystery deepens with resignation

Wednesday, Dec 11, 2013

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The Regional Transportation Authority’s top administrator, one of two agency executives facing a state harassment probe, announced his retirement Tuesday.

The transit agency said Joseph Costello, the RTA’s executive director since December 2010, intends to step down at the end of February “to pursue the next chapter in his life.” […]

The announcement did not include any mention of an investigation by state Executive Inspector General Ricardo Meza’s office into allegations of sexual and racial harassment directed at Costello and his chief of staff, Jordan Matyas, who is House Speaker Michael Madigan’s son-in-law.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported in September that the Meza probe is focused on anonymous sexual and racial harassment complaints against Costello and Matyas that allegedly were made at meetings and were lodged more than a year ago. […]

“These accusations are part of a smear campaign orchestrated by those who would rather that the RTA not be empowered by law to provide the real, effective oversight that is so desperately needed to ensure that northeastern Illinois has an efficient and world-class mass transit system,” Matyas said in a prepared statement earlier this fall.

* More

The announcement came just two hours after the RTA canceled a special meeting Wednesday of its Compensation and Human Resources committee. The purpose of the meeting, which had been called Monday, was unclear but members were scheduled to have a closed session to discuss “personnel.”

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  1. - James - Wednesday, Dec 11, 13 @ 11:37 am:

    Wonder when “the next chapter” of Jordan Matyas life will start.

  2. - Chicago Cynic - Wednesday, Dec 11, 13 @ 11:41 am:

    Ruh roh. And knowing the players…ewww.

  3. - Robert the Bruce - Wednesday, Dec 11, 13 @ 11:45 am:

    If all else fails, does Jordan Matyas have an art career to fall back on?

  4. - Union Man - Wednesday, Dec 11, 13 @ 11:46 am:

    MJM put the squeezy on someone.

  5. - Union Man - Wednesday, Dec 11, 13 @ 11:47 am:

    He could have been a stay at home dad if Lisa had become governor! Bad father-in-law!!

  6. - MrJM - Wednesday, Dec 11, 13 @ 11:52 am:

    Lisa Madigan is married to Pat Byrnes.

    – MrJM

  7. - Chicago Cynic - Wednesday, Dec 11, 13 @ 11:57 am:

    Oh My God - click on that art link. He’s got to be kidding. I realize it’s in the eye of the beholder but GEEEEZZZZZ, that’s awful - actually awful doesn’t begin to do it justice.

    Darn good thing he married up. Wow.

  8. - Just Me - Wednesday, Dec 11, 13 @ 12:14 pm:

    Isn’t there a mobster movie about the son of a Don making horrible art and the Don forcing people to buy it at outrageous prices?

  9. - Precinct Captain - Wednesday, Dec 11, 13 @ 12:15 pm:

    Heat getting to be too much? Walk away from the burner.

  10. - 100 Miles West - Wednesday, Dec 11, 13 @ 12:28 pm:

    TO just me, does anyone remember John D’Arco’s poetry book?

  11. - Just Me - Wednesday, Dec 11, 13 @ 12:56 pm:

    I remembered the movie: Mickey Blue Eyes. A comedy with the mobster art part being a side story.

  12. - Formerly Known As... - Wednesday, Dec 11, 13 @ 2:40 pm:

    I thought they cleaned up the RTA clown show earlier this year.

    Apparently the circus continues.

  13. - Formerpol - Wednesday, Dec 11, 13 @ 9:30 pm:

    FKA: Perhaps you are referring to the Metra clown show earlier this year? Don’t you know the difference between the RTA and Metra?

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