Metra board considers bonus probe

File photo of a Metra train

April 28, 2010 2:00:57 PM PDT
Metra wants to examine whether its executive director got an unauthorized $56,000 bonus last summer.

Metra's board will decide Wednesday night whether to hire an outside attorney to look into the issue involving Phil Pagano. His bonus came as the rail service was preparing to pass a 2010 budget that included spending cuts, a staff pay freeze and fair hikes.

The board wants to determine the circumstances of how Pagano reportedly lined up the extra pay without its approval.