Thornton Township Supervisor Frank M. Zuccarelli withdrew his appointment to the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) board on Tuesday,
citing “political grandstanding” as a potential distraction from more
Gov. Pat Quinn appointed Zuccarelli, who is also Thornton Township Democratic committeeman, to the CTA board only last week.
the events of recent weeks, I do not want political grandstanding to
distract from the critical issues or stand in the way of what people in
the south suburbs need,” Zuccarelli wrote in his resignation letter to
In response to Zuccarelli’s appointment, Democratic
candidate for Illinois governor Bill Daley called Zuccarelli a “double
dipper.” According to Daley, holding both posts, board member and
township supervisor, would be a violation of state law that forbids any
member of the CTA board from "hold[ing] any other office or employment under
the federal, state or any county or municipal government except an
honorary office without compensation or an office in the National
“Therefore, it is with great regret that I ask you
to withdraw my appointment to the CTA Board effective immediately,”
He would have been paid $25,000 annually
for his role on the CTA board, in addition to his $186,418 salary from
Zuccarelli's resignation came just one day before the CTA's monthly meeting.
“As someone who grew up in the south suburbs, attended South Suburban
College and went on to serve as an elected leader of Thornton Township,
Frank is a strong representative of the Southland area,” Quinn said in statement. “I felt he would have brought an important
perspective to the CTA Board, which has all too often left this region
behind when it came to important transportation access issues."
Meanwhile, Daley said Zuccarelli was doing the "honorable thing" by stepping down, but made no reference to the alleged “political grandstanding."
“Frank Zuccarelli had little choice but to do the honorable thing by
resigning today,” Daley told the Chicago Sun-Times. “It’s unfortunate that Gov. Quinn put him
in this position in the first place.”