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Chicago mayor pegs Rodriguez for CTA's top post


Last week, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley recommended Richard Rodriguez to serve as president of the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA).

The 38-year-old Rodriguez currently is the city's aviation commissioner, a position he's held since April 2008. He previously served as commissioner for the city's Department of Buildings.

If he is named to the post, Rodriguez's top priorities would be to keep riders informed of his plans, lobby in Springfield to make sure CTA gets its fair share of funding, and look for new ways to reduce spending and implement creative management improvements, such as by finding new ways to partner with the private sector and use the latest technology to better serve riders, Daley said in a prepared statement.

Rodriguez would succeed former CTA President Ron Huberman, who resigned in January after accepting a position as chief executive of Chicago Public Schools. The authority had appointed Vice President of Operations Support Dorval Carter Jr. acting president.

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