Metra opposed release of report on fake work logs

Getting riders to their destinations safely and on time. That's Metra's mission but now you could add another responsibility -- saving people from confusion.

Illinois Inspector General Ricardo Meza opened a can of worms last week when his office chided Metra for keeping false records of the hours engineers or conductors worked.

State investigators also disclosed a practice of swapping shifts at Metra, where one employee would pay another under the table for picking up his or her assignments.

Metra went on the offense, calling the Office of the Executive Inspector General's probe a waste of time and money. Although there were inaccuracies in logs, that no longer occurs nor does shift swapping, administrators said.  Marni Pyke has the rest of the story in the Daily Herald.