Former Republican gubernatorial candidate Kirk Dillard says he has enough support to be elected chairman of the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) at its meeting today.
Dillard told the Tribune he believes he has the backing of a supermajority of RTA board members as well as the bipartisan support of Chicago and suburban county political leaders and Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
“I like a challenge and I think (being RTA chairman) is my way to give back to a state that I love,” Dillard said, when asked why he wants the post. “I think having a word-class transit system is critical to Chicago and all of Illinois.”
Dillard gave up his Illinois Senate seat to run for governor. The RTA position will provide him an additional taxpayer-funded pension.