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Lemont Mayor Reaves takes seat on Metra board

LEMONT – Lemont Mayor Brian Reaves was appointed to one of the vacant positions on the Metra Board of Directors during its Oct. 18 meeting.

Reaves was chosen for the position on Thursday by members of the Cook County Board of Commissioners representing the townships of Proviso, Riverside, Berwyn, Cicero, Lyons, Stickney, Lemont, Palos and Orland, according to the Cook County website.

“I am graciously humbled by being appointed to the Metra Board,” he said. “We have the great task of taking Metra from a very good railway to a great railway.”

Reaves is replacing Brad O'Halloran, who resigned from the Metra Board amid the controversy surrounding former Metra CEO Alex Clifford.

Cook County commissioners cited Reaves' business and government background as a reason for his selection.

“What separated Brian Reaves from the group was his track record with addressing issues important to suburban taxpayers, like successfully solving previous on-time performance issues along Metra’s Heritage Corridor line,” Cook County commissioner Jeff Tobolski said in a news release.

Reaves said he hopes to be able to help Lemont in his new position.

“One of my biggest issues and projects when I became mayor was to increase the coverage of the Heritage Corridor line,” he said.

Reaves will serve the remainder of the Metra Board term due to expire at the end of June 2015 and said he would like to continue to serve on the board in the future.

As a member of the Metra Board, he said he is required to forgo his salary as mayor and take the salary as a Metra Board member, which he said pays less.

Reaves said he does not forsee the added time commitment of the Metra Board as being a problem.

"I have a great staff at both the village and my business who are capable of keeping me informed," he said.

Reaves said he would not chose being on the Metra Board over his position as mayor because the information he receives as mayor is what makes him qualified to be on the Metra Board.

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