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    Aldermen blast Metra over minority hiring, station maintenance before approving Fulton Market TIF agreement 

    Aldermen on Monday nearly scuttled a deal allowing Metra to use tax-increment financing (TIF) for a study on railroad crossings in Fulton Market after they tore into the transit agency over its record on hiring minority-owned firms and the deteriorating condition of some of its stations.  

    The City Council Committee on Finance during its meeting on Monday eventually approved the intergovernmental agreement (O2020-6213) with Metra among several other ordinances, but aldermen shelved an ordinance (O2020-5785) waiving permit fees for construction, demolition and renovations of public buildings undertaken by Chicago Public Schools and its contractors. 

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