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Metra's Pagano killed by train


On Friday, Metra Executive Director Phil Pagano was killed after stepping in front of one of the agency’s commuter-rail trains near Crystal Lake, Ill., according to a report from the Chicago Sun-Times.

Pagano, 60, had served as the agency’s top chief for 20 years. Earlier this month, the Metra board had put Pagano on paid administrative leave while investigating reports of “potential irregularities,” according to a prepared statement. Pagano had allegedly paid himself an unauthorized $56,000 bonus, and the probe expanded to look at “more serious allegations of official misconduct,” according to the attorney hired to conduct Metra's investigation.

The Metra board had been scheduled to meet on Friday morning to discuss Pagano’s future.

"It is with great sadness that we report the passing this morning of Philip A. Pagano," according to a May 7 statement released by Metra’s board of directors. "Phil served this agency with distinction for many years. Today, we shall remember the good work he achieved with our board of directors and the men and woman of Metra. He was dedicated to our passengers and he always considered the men and women of Metra his family and there is a tremendous sense of loss within the agency.”

Pagano is survived by his wife, Barbara, daughters Colleen and Jennifer, a granddaughter, his father and sister.

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