July 24--Cook County Commissioners on Wednesday chose Hanover Park Village President Rodney S. Craig as the newest member of the Metra commuter rail board.
Craig's municipal leadership and experience as a former systems operations manager for the Federal Aviation Administration distinguished him from the four other applicants, Commissioner Timothy O. Schneider said after he and two other commissioners voted behind closed doors.
"I was well aware of how Hanover Park has moved forward over the last years," said Schneider, whose district includes Hanover Park. "I know Rod to be the type of person that dives in and attacks everything that he works on, and he works hard at everything that he does."
Hanover Park Village President since 2007, Craig also is former president of DuPage Mayors & Managers Conference. He said he has "a good skill set looking at gaps" between where an organization is, where it needs to go and how to reduce that gap, "to bring people closely aligned so that we can reach consensus. When you have consensus on the board, that's when you really get things done."
As an operations manager, "I understand infrastructure," Craig added. "I understand bringing solutions to fruition, following through. I'm a trouble shooter by nature."
Commissioners chose him over John M. Caporale, a healthcare auditor from Schaumburg; James J. Daly, a magazine editor from Mt. Prospect; Susan M. Handley, an office manager from Arlington Heights; and Nicholas J. Helmer, a real estate company chairman from Prospect Heights.
Craig will represent northwest suburban Cook County on the 11-member Metra board. He replaces former Arlington Heights mayor Arlene Mulder, who had served on rail commuter board since 2005. She retired from that position on June 30, after retiring as mayor of Arlington Heights, an office she held for two decades.
Tribune reporter Ted Gregory contributed.
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