The Regional Transportation Authority oversees the CTA, Pace and Metra in the six-county Chicago area. And the new Executive Director of the RTA is a great guy, Steve Schlickman. I've worked with him on increasing Amtrak service in Illinois, and he is an absolute pro.
Here's an article with a brief mention from the Trib.
I think the papers should write a profile of him soon. He'll be a big player in figuring out how to fund transit (raise the gax tax, I say) and help make the Chicago area even more civilized. Congratulations to Steve.