CHICAGO - House Speaker Mike Madigan's son-in-law Jordan Matayas continues to face embarrassing charges of inappropriate language and behavior as Chief of Staff at the Regional Transportation Authority, and a report of an independent attorney deems those charges as "credible," the Daily Herald writes Wednesday.
Matayas denies the charges, but Renee Benjamin, an independent attorney hired to look into the allegations, concluded the allegations of low morale, a "culture of fear," and "use of racial slurs and sexually explicit language" were credible, based on employee interviews.
After interviewing 13 employees, Benjamin's report includes these allegations against Matayas:
• A high-ranking executive testified Matyas used a derogatory racial term to describe an African-American administrator at a meeting. Benjamin noted that employees told her Matyas often referred to the ethnicity and sexual orientation of individuals when it had no bearing on the conversation at hand.
• Another senior administrator described "a general distrust of Matyas among long-term employees because of his ties to (Michael) Madigan." The employee also stated that "staff historically saw Costello as a co-worker, not a leader."
Matayas denies all the charges, and has attended "relevant management training specifically to address the report's recommendations," an RTA spokesperson said.
More in the Daily Herald HERE.