DuPage County Chairman to Make Metra Appointee

John Zediker would replace Paul Darley, who resigned in July

DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin has made a decision about who will fill a vacant spot on the Metra Board of Directors.

Cronin bypassed two other applicants and will submit John Zediker's name for confirmation, DuPage County confirmed.

Zediker, 41, would replace Paul Darley on the board for the scandal-wracked transit agency. Darley resigned in late July, the second board member to do so since ousted CEO Alex Clifford left with a severance package that could cost in excess of $800,000.

Since then, two other board members have also stepped down.

Clifford has said he was forced out of the agency for resisting pressure from House Speaker Michael Madigan and others over jobs and construction contracts.

In its report, the Tribune names two other DuPage County residents -- Mary FitzGerald Ozog and George Swimmer -- who say they expressed interest in the vacant post but were overlooked.

Cronin knows Zediker well. The Naperville father of three was appointed to the DuPage County Board in 2009 to fill a vacancy. He lost his 2012 re-election campaign, finishing fourth in a four-way race.

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